“For the LORD is your security. He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap” ( Proverbs 34:6)
Job security is one of the most important desire for most workers. Indeed, it is for these reasons why many would prefer public sector jobs to private sector as these tend to have better job security. The process of laying off a government worker, including termination, is far more complicated than for say one in a small scale enterprise.
One may have such a cushy guaranteed job and feel secure but truth is every job has certain elements of insecurity. Say one is suddenly incapacitated and unable to work anymore. Wars do erupt causing services to be disrupted and what seems once a secure job is suddenly in suspense.
But there is a security that can’t be moved. It is our security in Christ Jesus. The Psalmist says, “I have set the Lord always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken” ( Psalm 16:8). Once Job was a tycoon: “Also, his possessions were seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen, five hundred female donkeys, and a very large household, so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the East” ( Job 1:3). But then in a moment he lost everything ( vv 13-8).
Job would find he could no longer have security in his property, including his closest friends. He lost his once good health knocked “with painful boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head” ( Job 2:7). His wife cried, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die!” ( vv 9).
But Job knew where his ultimate security lay. It was neither in his property, health or friends but in the Lord who would in good time redeem him! “Now the Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning” ( Job 42:12).
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, it is easy to feel secure in our jobs, property, health or friends but ultimate security is only found in you, and may you help us put all our trust in you, this I pray in Jesus’ name.
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“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, and I have remained faithful” – ( 2 Timothy 4:7).
Fighting may be looked at as a non-desirable way of life, especially by those who are pacifists. In fact, throughout Christian history there are many who have literally taken Jesus’s admonition of “turn the other cheek” in Mathew 5:39, to mean nonresistance in the face of attack. The fact that Jesus rebuked the Apostle Peter for drawing a sword against his captors ( Mathew 26:52), means giving in to those who attack them, as a sign of humility.
Yes, of course there are moments where Christians must practice that humility and give in to those who attack them well remembering His word, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay, says the Lord” ( Romans 12:19). However, that said, Believers in Christ would be mistaken to imagine that they must not fight for their faith, whenever under attack. For in reality, the faith of believers is under constant attack from Satan, who comes to “kill and destroy” ( John 10:1).
Faced with this, Paul went at great length to advise Christians to “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” ( Ephesians 6:11). To ward of constant attacks by the enemy Paul challenged us to “Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” ( vv 14-17).
Paul is telling us that if you think that ours is a walk over faith where you are not going to fight back against the attacks of the enemy you are very mistaken. Fight we must, and hold our ground. The devil respects that! And when all is done, we can then gladly say, “we have fought the good fight, finished the race” and thank God Almighty we are free at last!
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I rise ready to resist the attacks of the enemy, by wearing the full of armor of God, and with the sword of the Spirit, fight back to victory, this I pray in Jesus’ name!