“Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure... I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” (Psalm 16:5; 8)
There’s a well-known story in Daniel 3 that tells of Daniel’s three friends who refuse to bow down to the idol set up by King Nebuchadnezzar because they worship the LORD alone. When threatened by the King to change their mind or be thrown into the fire, they demonstrate not only courage, but an unshakeable faith in God. In the moment of their greatest testing, they demonstrate that they are secure in the Lord no matter what the outcome. They say that they know God can save them from the fire, but that God will deliver them from the hand of the King, even if they die. They defy that King Nebuchadnezzar has any power over them.
Now, we know what happens. Jesus meets them in the fiery furnace and saves them from burning, which is an amazing miracle, but it’s not the main point! The point is that whether they live or die (“But even if...,” they say.) they belong to the Lord. This gives them a security that even the King could only ever dream of.
I’m not sure what makes you feel insecure or vulnerable right now, but there are plenty of candidates. When we look at the state of our world, it’s easy to feel anxious and to worry. Remember that Jesus is right there with you. God’s refining fire wants to burn up our trials and our false securities so that our faith becomes purified, stronger. It’s only when the Lord God holds the highest place in our hearts and minds, that we truly can find security and unshakeable strength.
May you and I keep our eyes on Jesus and experience the peace and security that are found only in him.
Question: What is threatening your sense of security and stability?
Challenge: Tell the Lord about those threats. Recommit to focusing your heart and mind on Him.
Prayer: Almighty God, I trust in you and that your plans for me are good. I pray for the peace that surpasses all understanding to guard my heart and mind in Christ Jesus. Amen.
Geoff Horn, Chapel Leader -- San Diego Padres