When Things Go Wrong, Lean into the Security Found Only in God
From underneath two afghans I struggled for my phone.
We can be secure in who God is, and whose we are. We are His, and the psalmist wrote, “the LORD surrounds his people, both now and forevermore.” There isn’t a greater security available in this world than the peace and hope we find in the arms of our Abba Father. Mount Zion is a solid rock. It’s also a spiritual place. Christ will return again, and set all things evil and sinful about the world right. We will suffer here on earth, but we will also experience great blessing as we live within the love of Christ.
“Zion meant the place where God was present and near to his people,” Pastor John Piper explains. “Zion became the place from which the people expected help. Zion became the source of deliverance and salvation …Zion was the place of God’s special presence among his people and it was the place where they could get help and deliverance.”
The most encouraging aspect of Christianity is the solidity of it. Historically, the prophecies and places are written on the pages of actual history. Our faith is solid. Our God is unchanging. Our Savior lives. And His Spirit lives in us. When the world falls apart, both globally, locally, and personally, we can grip onto God. Through Christ, we come to Him for help and deliverance. Our Rock and Redeemer. His mercies are new every morning. Great is His faithfulness (Lamentations 3:22-23)
When we’re tempted to forget the power in us and for us, let’s recall Psalm 125, and know undoubtedly those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever. God is always aware of our circumstances. He sees us, knows us, hears us, heals us, provides for us, goes before and behind us. Flex the muscle of the Spirit of the Living God which lives in us. In every believer. Day by day, as we let go of our grip on our schedules, plans, and calendars, He takes our days and stretches our time into beautiful moments …our lives reflective of His grace and glory.
In this world, we will have trouble. Jesus guaranteed us of it. But He also reminded us He has overcome the world. It is finished. He came to give us life to the full. Take shelter in the shade of the Rock, and live boldly through the power of the Spirit. We are called to live in a way which reflects our unshaken and forever enduring status as children of the One True God. It isn’t all doom and gloom down here on earth. The unending joy, hope and peace in Christ is available every single day, if we’ll set aside our ambitious agendas enough to embrace His plans …His calendar …His schedule …His purpose for this day, and our lives.
Moody Bible Commentary. Copyright 2014. Moody Publishers, Chicago.
NIV Study Bible, Copyright © 1985, 1995, 2002, 2008, 2011 by Zondervan.
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Meg writes about everyday life within the love of Christ as a freelance writer, blogger at Sunny&80, and author of “Friends with Everyone, Friendship within the Love of Christ,” “Surface, Unlocking the Gift of Sensitivity,” and “Glory Up, The Everyday Pursuit of Praise,” and “Home, Finding Our Identity in Christ.” She earned a Marketing/PR degree from Ashland University, but stepped out of the business world to stay at home and raise her two daughters …which led her to pursue her passion to write. Always active in her community and local church, Meg also leads Bible study for women and teen girls.