By: Pastor Jarren Rogers
When trouble comes, focus on God’s ability to care for you.” – Charles Stanley
I used to live in an apartment in Nashville. It was a small, humble apartment with only two rooms and one bathroom. The only problem was, it wasn’t in the best part of town. Every time I left my apartment I made sure to double check that the door was locked. As I would go about my day, there was a lingering anxiety that the stuff I left behind in my apartment wasn’t going to be there when I got back.
I think that this worry followed me because, even though I locked the door, my possessions weren’t truly safe. Doors can be kicked in. Windows can be smashed. Locks can be broken. If someone really wanted to get into my crummy apartment and steal my stuff, nothing was really stopping them.
The one thing that brought me a small spark of security was this sign that stuck in my front yard. It was left over from the previous owners and it read:
THIS HOUSE IS PROTECTED BY AN ADT SECURITY SYSTEM
I remember when I was touring the apartment before moving in the landlord pointed at the keypad on the wall, “That’s for the security system. It hasn’t been turned on in ages and probably doesn’t work. But, if you want to, you can call the company and pay for them to activate it. That’s up to you.”
I never did.
All I had was that sign out in my yard that bragged about a security system I didn’t have. That sign, in and of itself, offered some security. I hoped that if someone was looking to rob me, the sign would scare them off. They would assume that I had a security system that I didn’t have. It was a lie.
I think that each of us have small security signs staked into the yards of our lives. We each have things that bring us specks of security and comfort. Maybe it’s a job. Maybe it’s money. Maybe it is an addiction or a habit. There may be something in your life that you think brings you security, but just like my sign, it is a lie.
We realize all to easily how quickly our “security systems” are torn down once tragedy strikes. An unexpected phone call, text message, diagnosis, call to the boss’s office. Anytime our life is sent in a spin, our security signs can’t hold up and our true security is lost.
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6).
God is the best security system you can have. He is not some flimsy sign in your yard. He promises to provide you with His Spirit and His strength. He promises never to forsake you. When tragedy strikes, your fake signs are quick to diminish, but the Lord goes with you and will never leave you.
Parents: Explain to your kids the security that God provides.