17th May 2014

Security 

“God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.

Psalm 46:1 (NIV) 

We often explain or condone interpersonal difficulties by saying someone ‘has insecurities’. To have insecurities seems to make for assigning destructive meanings and motives to others on the basis of one’s own tendencies, and then acting accordingly. Insecurity is a new, psychologically acceptable word for something not new. 

One of Adam and Eve’s sons felt insecure. He was the eldest, but his brother got more approval from God. He could not live with this, and ended up killing his brother (Genesis 4:3-8). Was Abel really the problem in Cain’s life? 

The first king of ancient Israel felt insecure. Having been told that his rejection of God’s leadership would end in his family’s loss of the kingship, and having an idea of who was being prepared to succeed him, he spent weeks of strenuous effort trying to discredit and destroy the man (I Samuel 23:8, 14, 25). Was Saul’s problem with David or with God? 

The tetrarch of Roman Judaea felt threatened when some foreigners came to him inquiring about a new king born in his country. Thousands of babies had to be killed to make him more secure (Matthew 2). Nothing personal against those babies; the problem was God. 

In our civilised lives, of course, it’s not usually swords, spears, blood and death. Insecurities tend to be exercised in more socially acceptable ways, e.g. politely doing something about someone’s reputation, prospects or peace of mind. After all, with enough subtlety, the victim can be made to look bad a second time for their very reluctance to re-engage. And that buys time to further shore up the crumbling edifice of self-worth by the odd bit of nicely simulated well-doing.  But maybe, if that building is really so very crumbly, it’s a sandcastle. 

There was someone else in the Bible who experienced insecurity and anger. In Psalm 59, David expresses a strong sense of fear and injustice, and a longing for the tables to be turned—but his ultimate request is for the matter to be concluded in God’s favour. 

Where do you stand? God values you. He will not always do what you want, but he wants you. God invites you, includes you, loves you and involves you. “I stand at your door and knock,” he says (Revelation 3:20, paraphrasing throughout). “Change the burdens you carry for a yoke that fits” (Matthew 11:28-30), and “I will never forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). 

This is firm ground, if you stand on it (Romans 9:33), and this is where insecurity dies. 

Prayer
Holy God, in the words of another psalm: since you are my rock and fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me.
Amen
 

Study by Fiona Jones 

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fionajones1About the Author:
Fiona Jones attends the Worldwide Church of God UK in Perth/Fife where she assists her husband in his pastoral role there.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Perth
Combination of house churches and monthly outreach service and lunch
Gillespie Centre, Dunfermline, fortnightly
House churches on other Saturdays

Meeting Time:
11am Saturday

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