Are You Too “Safe” to be Secure?

by Andy Wood on August 6, 2008

in LV Cycle, Protecting Your Investment, Tense Truths

House Fortress 2Tense Truth:  God promises a life of genuine security for His children.  But those who seek security by hiding behind what is “safe” have no security at all.  Security only comes as a result of bold obedience and courageous faith.

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Want to experience real security?  Live dangerously.  Seriously.

No, I don’t mean being a reckless gambler.  But I do mean living with purposeful boldness and courageous faith.

Who was the guy who talked about the Lord being his shepherd, or who said with such confidence,

“The Lord is my light and my salvation—so why should I be afraid?  The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?” (Psalm 27:1)?

It was David, the giant killer.  A simple look at his life, especially the younger years, reveals a life constantly protected, and amazingly powerful.  A closer look also reveals that he seemed to skip from one dangerous situation to the next.  He didn’t always go looking for trouble, but he never backed down from it, either.

Contrast that with somebody who so focuses on risk avoidance that they never really live.  Like the guy (true story) who left California to avoid earthquakes and settled in Ohio – where his house was promptly leveled by a tornado.  Or the wealthy Australian who foresaw global trouble brewing in the 1930s and decided to move to a safe place.  So he settled on a tiny island called Guadalcanal!

Walter Wriston was the chairman of Citibank for 17 years and one of the most admired business people of his time.  He offered some real street wisdom about safety and security:

  • Play it safe; if there is ever a prescription for producing a dismal future, that has to be it.
  • Uncertainty is the opportunity to make the world a better place.
  • The only way to avoid risk is to leap into the arms of an all-knowing government.  The society that promises no risks… may be able to protect life, but there will be no liberty, and very little pursuit of happiness.

Security isn’t found by living in fear of the future.  Avoidance is not a strategy!  Security is found in having six issues settled in your life:

1.  Direction
Have you ever noticed that people who are insecure often have difficulty making decisions, or knowing what direction to take?  They’re afraid of making the wrong decision.  Living in security means you’re going somewhere with your life.  It’s not that you never change your mind.  But you’re headed somewhere, and you know where their direction is coming from.

2.  Guilt
Everybody blows it sooner or later.  And the reason most people feel guilty is because they are!  But guilt doesn’t have to paralyze you.  Real security comes when you know what to do with past mistakes and failures.

3.  Weakness
Have you ever wondered why some people seem so hungry for money or popularity?  Or why some people seem so anxious to have inside information about people?  It’s because they’re looking for power.  Their solutions may be greedy, but their instincts aren’t.  Sooner or later, you may well be outmanned, outsmarted, or physically overpowered.  Where do you find security then?  In a source of power that is greater than you.

4.  Enemies
Oh, I’m sure you love everybody, and spend countless hours winning friends and influencing people.  But you still have enemies.  That’s why people routinely spend lots of money for security systems for their homes, and keep vigilant watch over their children’s environments.  That’s why nations invest in defense systems.  Security comes from being ready to confront and defend against enemies, not trying to appease and befriend them.

5.  Fear
Anybody who claims he’s never afraid is the most insecure person of all.  Security comes, not from pretending to be fearless, but in knowing what to do when the fears arise.  General Patton, often complimented for his courage, admitted to sweaty palms and fear in the sound of gunshot.  But in his autobiography, he wrote, “I learned very early in my life never to take counsel of my fears.”

6.  Future Trouble
Stuff happens.  Trouble will come, and that’s not a matter of “if,” but “when.”  And while I’m a great believer in responsible insurance, owning a piece of the rock can only help with financial loss.  There’s a higher rock that can shelter you, not just against financial trouble, but against any other pain or difficulty.  Want to know how secure you are?  What will you do – where will you turn – when life hands you more than you can bear?

In a relationship with Jesus Christ, God offers real answers and real security against these and any other issues of security.  Yes, you could look elsewhere.  Many people do.  But I don’t think you will find a greater source of courage, security, and boldness anywhere.  And you certainly won’t find it by playing it “safe.”

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