In times of uncertainty, we tend to cling to whatever gives us a sense of security. The routines associated with jobs, habits, relationships, activities, or causes can provide comfort in the midst of other storms. Without thinking about it, these aspects of our lives become our safety nets because they conveying a sense of normalcy. When the unexpected occurs, these other areas offer a sense of peace. The trouble is, none of these things can effectively serve as our true anchor because each contains its own measure of unpredictability.
Our God is a jealous god who doesn’t want anyone nor anything glorified above Him. Although He gives us free will, He wants to hold the #1 place in our hearts. He wants to be acknowledged for the many ways that He blesses us. Exodus 34:13 says “Do not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.” We are sometimes guilty of glorifying the gift above the Giver of the Gift. James 1:17 says “Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow.” That means our Lord is unchanging. He is faithful and consistent. Malachi 3:6 says “I the LORD do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed.”
Given that we serve a faithful, unchanging God – why would we cling to anything else? Also because the Lord our God is Jealous, He will strip away anything that gives us a false sense of security because He wants us to learn to depend on Him as our source of peace, safety, security, protection, provision, healing, and total well being. In my own life, the Lord has previously stripped away my employment, my residence, and even close relationships to teach me how to fully depend on him. Once I began understanding that the Lord is the true source and center of my joy – my prayer life changed. I began to tell God how much I trusted him in every area of my life. Once I spiritually handed over the reins and converted from those old ragged safety nets that I used to use, blessings began to overtake me! The Lord collapsed those artificial safety nets in my life to re-establish himself as my constant and unbreakable safety net.
Through our own series of life experiences, God teaches us about the dangers of holding those other false safety nets in high regard. For example, after losing my job – a job that I enjoyed and found meaningful – I no longer just wanted a job, I wanted to work in the organization and role that He has destined for me. My prayers shifted from what I wanted to what God wanted. Our Heavenly Father strategically collapses our weak, ill-developed safety nets to encourage us to shift gears and adopt HIM as our ultimate safety net – one that never breaks, rots, or tears. When we pray, we can trust our flawed, limited selves to a flawless and unlimited God. We can confess our previous wrongdoing, then pray in anticipation of Him moving mightily to restore every area of our lives. Thankfully for us, there is no case, no situation, beyond the reach of God’s eternal safety net. When we prayerfully confess our shortcomings, ask for His forgiveness, put our trust in Him, and make our desires to please and edify Him known, He will anchor us, shield us, protect us, and make a way for us. Isn’t it exciting that the Master of the Universe, the One who speaks things into existence, hears and answers our prayers, and is delighted when we trust in him for ALL things? In closing, let’s remember Isaiah 41:10 which speaks to these promises by saying “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.”