“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.” – Psalm 23:4
If you want to overcome fear, you must face your fears head-on, you must actively pursue courage, and you must not cling to the illusion of safety. We have spent the last two days talking about these first two ideas. We know we must face our fear, and we know we must actively pursue courage. Today is all about the illusion of safety.
Helen Keller said, “Security is mostly a superstition. It does not exist in nature…Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” We live in a “safety first” society. My family is as guilty as anybody. We want our family to be safe. We want our kids to be safe. We want our friends to be safe.
We ask God for safety every day. We sleep better when our home alarms are set and being monitored…. But the truth is, “safety is a superstition.” And it is dangerous when we cling to “safety” as if safety is God. Safety is something we create in our minds to make us feel better about our circumstances… but truth be told, there really is no such thing as safety. Life is uncertain and unknown.
Here is the reality: you may get sick. You may get in a wreck. You may get dumped. You may get hurt. Death will be something that will affect your family at some point. Don’t get me wrong, it is okay to want to be safe. It is okay to pursue wisdom in your decisions in order to put you and your family in a better situation in life… but don’t cling to safety as if safety is the Savior of the world.
Because if you do so, safety will always let you down. You can always be safer. You can buy a safer car, live in a safer neighborhood, go to a safer school, or work in a safer part of town. But when it all comes down to it, Christ is the only shield and defense we can count on.
Jesus is our Rock and our Redeemer! He is the Strong Tower… in Him will I trust!