Security in God
What is security? It is knowing you are safe and taken care of. Like you are holding onto someone’s hand who is bigger and stronger than you. You don’t have to defend yourself. You don’t have to figure out what to do next. You are confident and happy, because you trust the other person to take care of you.
Was Jesus a secure child? Why do you think so? It wasn’t because he had it easy. He was the oldest in a big family, so there was plenty of work to do. I’m sure his parents didn’t give him everything he liked. Sometimes he felt like things were unfair or should be done differently. But Jesus obeyed his parents, because he knew it was their job to raise him. So he helped out cheerfully and trusted them to take care of him. But, like all parents, there were things Jesus’ parents couldn’t solve or take care of. Sometimes other kids didn’t treat him right. Maybe they told lies about him and blamed him for things he didn’t do. What could he do then? He could trust his heavenly Father.
We all need someone bigger and stronger that we can trust. Someone that loves us no matter what we do or how we feel. Someone who will always be there and never abandon us. That’s what parents are for. But they can’t do everything. And some parents lie or just do what they feel like, and can’t be depended on. Their children are left to try to take care of themselves and they don’t feel secure at all. That’s why we need to know how much God loves us and cares for us. Only He can make us completely secure.
What is it like to be secure in God’s care? It is like going through each day holding onto His hand. It is how Jesus lived. He obeyed, and God took care of the rest. Did Jesus pout for his way or try to make everyone do what he wanted? No, he knew his Father would give him what was best. So he could laugh and smile when others were arguing and fussing. If he had a problem or need, he told his Father about it. He didn’t try to make others behave. He just did the right thing himself, because he knew God would take care of everybody else. What if something bad happened? One time they ran out of food, remember? Jesus wasn’t afraid, because he knew His Father would take care of it. He knew his Father loved him.
Are you secure in God’s love? God wants you to trust in His goodness. Just like He watched over Jesus when he was on the earth, He will watch over you. It doesn’t matter what happens to you or how others treat you. You can live with your hand in your heavenly Father’s. And one day He will take you home to live with Him forever in heaven. That’s where you will always be secure and safe!