Thursday, January 29, 2015

Our Security Blanket

Our Security Blanket
Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 22:1-7
“The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection.” (2 Sam. 22:1 NLT)
How many of you remember Linus van Pelt who appeared in the comic strip Peanuts? He was always pictured with his security blanket and sucking his thumb. In the earlier strips Linus’s security blanket was viewed as an emotional attachment and depriving him of it caused physical distress. Lucy and Snoopy tried different tricks to rid Linus of his security blanket, but all of them failed.
     When my children were small they had their share of security blankets. It may have been a stuffed animal that they couldn’t go to bed without, or a favorite toy. My handicapped grandson, Jonathan, won’t go anywhere without a toy truck or a book in his hand. We laugh when we see these youngsters carrying their security symbols and say isn’t that cute? But, as adults, we too cling to our security blankets, and that’s not funny or cute.
     The security blankets that we tend to hang on to are relationships, job titles, status symbols, fancy houses, country club memberships, expensive cars, charms and even tattoos. Whatever our security blankets may be, the truth is that none of these things offer permanent security. They can be broken, stolen, lost, or ruined, and subject to failure.
     The only place we can find permanent security is and through the Lord Jesus Christ. As our Savior, Jesus said, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Mt. 28:19b)  He has also promised “I will never fail you. I will never forsake you.” (Heb. 13:5)  I love the way the Apostle Paul put it in Romans 8:38-39, “I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can’t, and life can’t. The angels can’t, and the demons can’t. Our fears for today, our worries for tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can’t keep God’s love away. Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the Love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (NLT)
     How about you? Have you claimed Jesus Christ as your security blanket? Do you turn to him in time of distress and need? Do you continue to trust him even in the midst of dire circumstances? He is right there beside you. Take courage and put your complete faith in him.
     David said, “As for God, his way is perfect. All the Lord’s promises are true. He is the shield for all who look to him for protection.” (2 Samuel 22:31 NLT)
     Build your future on the rock. Depend on him. He will not disappoint you.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for always being by my side when I need you. 

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