January 25, 2009
My people will abide in a peaceful habitation, in secure dwellings, and in quiet resting places. Isaiah 32:18
It's nice to be secure.
Most of us invest a great deal of work and worry so we might feel secure.
Sadly, we're not always as secure as our investment might lead us to believe.
It was a number of years ago that a family in Chicago found their house had a trapdoor in the living room. They were changing the carpet and found the secret access. The father of the house pried the door open. He was thinking there might be some hidden stash of treasure, jewelry, or even gold.
What he found was four sticks of dynamite; four very old and very unstable sticks of dynamite.
Indeed, there was enough dynamite in the hidden room to level the entire home. For years he and his family had lived in and felt secure in that home. They felt secure when, underneath their feet there was a force powerful enough to scatter their pieces parts all over the neighborhood.
The truth is, there are countless forces who are dedicated to destroying our security. To do so would give them the greatest delight.
Oh, you do understand I'm not speaking about the threat of physical destruction, or the breakdown of the family, or the rise of immorality, and many other earthly spoilers.
I'm speaking about sin, Satan, and death who struggle and strive to take away our confidence in Christ and the peace He bestows on all who believe on Him as Savior. They know that even if they take our 'goods, fame, child and wife, let these all be gone, they yet have nothing won.'
No, they want to shake our spiritual security in the Savior.
And that, they cannot do. Not on their own. Jesus, who emerged victorious from His borrowed tomb, will grant us the security that is both eternal and unearned.
From a devotion originally written for "By the Way"
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, in the security of Your love and salvation, I am forgiven and free. Even more, in Jesus You provide a security which cannot be taken or destroyed. Thank You for what Jesus' sacrifice has done for this sin-shaken world. In His Name. Amen.
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Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries