Comfort and Security
What do you hold onto? What brings you comfort? A baby holds onto a bottle for comfort and security. A toddler holds onto a blanket or stuffed animal. A child his favorite toy. A teenager their phone….but what do you hold onto? As an adult there are certain things that give us daily comfort and some security…our wallet, our bank account, our keys, our car, our house, etc.
But what do we hold onto when it matters? None of those things can bring back a loved one, heal a broken heart, cure loneliness or marital conflict; they cannot bring home a wayward child or fight an incurable disease.
We know the Sunday School answer is—“I hold onto Jesus when it matters”—but is that true? What do we really turn to first in the time of need…when we need comfort and a sense of security? Food, movies, another person—our closest friend, a family member, or even our superb reasoning and analytical skills? None of these things are bad in and of themselves, but none of them are a perfect fix. All of them are subject to availability and even change.
Change is inevitable. There isn’t much in life that is constant. Conflict destabilizes circumstances. Heartbreak can bring tumultuous thoughts and emotions…but the cool part is that the Sunday School answer truly is THE answer…God never changes and He is the ultimate security and comfort.
Take a look: “In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. Like clothing you will change them and they will be discarded. But you remain the same, and your years will never end.” Psalm 102:25-27 And, “I the Lord do not change…” Malachi 3:6a Also, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” Hebrews 13:8
How do we avoid turning to other things first when we need comfort and security? We can ask the Holy Spirit to remind us to turn to Jesus first, to turn to the Father in the moment of need. We can learn to take our own thoughts captive instead of letting them lead us in circles. We can read the Word and talk to the Lord. And we can believe what He says about His own character…He’s our Shepherd, our Refuge, our Rock, and so much more.
Today, whether life is going well or filled with a bit of uncertainty, let’s continually find our comfort and security in Jesus. Let’s hold onto the Father (who never changes) so tightly. Let’s trust Him because He has never failed us.
FBC Aztec Member