Lenten Devotional: Security Matters by Carolynn Black Klindt-Stoops

Over this Lenten season, the Spiritual Formation team at First Presbyterian Church in Bend put a call out to all to submit writings for a Lenten Devotional. I will do my best to post those here daily. You can also go to our website and access all of the devotions on a pdf file.

Here is the next submission:

Security Matters

Security is a tenuous thing. It is based on expectation, regularity, and trust. We expect people to drive on the correct side of the road. We depend on the regular routines of work, shopping, and church. We trust doctors to know what they are doing. But, our sense of security is sometimes at its weakest when it comes to trusting God for our everyday needs.

Economies grow strong and weak. Our health improves and fails. We lose our jobs. We get sick. We hope and we try to abide in faithfulness to God through everything that comes. But, to be honest, we struggle with keeping a peaceful and contented heart when that which undergirds our security is threatened.

If we lose our job, we worry about the bills. If we get sick, we wonder if it is ‘the big one’. Are our children going to do well when they grow up? Will I have enough money to retire with? Will my lack of medical insurance mean I’ll end up going bankrupt?

Such concerns, which are part of life, are tests of our trust and hope in the Lore as well as His faithfulness to us. Sure, things can get tough. Yes, we worry and fret. But, let’s think about our past for a moment in light of His unconditional Love. Through the tough times have you “somehow” survived? Did you experience unexpected blessings, support, and help through those difficulties? If you have, then you’ve experienced the Love of God. He knows what you need and when you need it.

Our security is ultimately in a loving God and we need to live our lives as though that were especially true. Remember, we are secure in His Love for us, which was demonstrated on The Cross, and His love means He will provide for us. Even when we cannot see, feel or sense that loving presence in any way. He will never leave us or forsake us (Heb. 13:5). So, in our prayers, let us ask Him to increase our trust and hope in Him as He works through situations to further develop our sense of security in Him.

–Carolynn Black Klindt-Stoops


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