Are you seeking security? Are you afraid of the future?
Squirrels have a ceaseless need to keep gathering and storing foods. How many of us are that way, incessantly storing for a rainy day? There is nothing wrong to prepare for the future, but if we think security comes from what we have in the bank, the pantry, in material things or the 401k and investment portfolio, we will end up worse than disappointed. The only security is in the Living God. “He is our refuge and strength”, as Psalm 46 says, so we don’t need to be afraid, even when our circumstances look dire- no trouble on Earth, loss of a job, outbreak of war, the illness in the family, persecution- can change the fact that the Lord reigns over all creation. He is sovereign. Life may not work out exactly the way we think it should and we may have to face the fact that we are not in control. But the even better truth is that God is. When the hard times come, remember that God made you, He loves you, He has a plan for your life and He is preparing a future beyond your wildest expectations. Psalm 46: 1-2 says “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble, so we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea.”
We can learn from these little animals that storing up for the future is not bad, but trusting and having faith in Jesus will bring you more security and peace than you could ever hope for in this life. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding, in all ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path.” Proverbs 3:5-7.
In His service,
Chaplain Larry Randolph