Pastor Mike Osladil
In this world we have no lasting security apart from Jesus Christ. Disease or disaster can suddenly snatch love ones from us, like the Filipino family who thought they were protecting their children when they had them climb into a Mitsubishi truck to ride out the recent hurricane, only to see the storm unexpectedly cause a 12 foot storm surge that caused the area to quickly flood. Soon the truck and its occupants were carried away. When the water subsided, their father found that all but one of their children had drowned from the water that slowly rose inside the truck.
We live in an insecure world. Iran seeks to reach a deal that will allow sanctions to be lifted without them being required to take apart even one of their 18,500 centrifuges used to enrich uranium. As Prime Minister of Israel Binyamin Netanyahu noted this is a very dangerous and bad deal for peace and the international community because Iran can just turn everything back on in a year or two or three from now and obtain a nuclear weapon before the world can do anything to stop it.
But the good news for us as believers in Jesus Christ is that while the storms of life may assail us, like a young bird under his mother’s protective plumage, we can experience God’s peace and security. Paul commands us, “Do not be anxious about anything. Instead, in every situation, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, tell your requests to God. And the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7 NET).
Karolina Wilhelmina Sandell-Berg (Lina Sandell) [1832-1903] experienced the wonder of God’s reassuring care when tragedy befell her. When she was 26, Lina and her father were crossing Lake Vattern on a boat trip. Suddenly the boat pitched and he fell overboard, drowning before her eyes. This tragedy deeply affected her. God used it to turn her toward a ministry of writing hymns. Over succeeding years she wrote about 650 of them, becoming known as the “Fanny Crosby of Sweden.”
In one of these Lina reassures us as believers of the security God can give us in the storms of life:
Children of the heavenly Father Safely in His bosom gather;
Nestling bird nor star in heaven Such a refuge e’er was given.
What He takes or what He gives us Shows the Father’s love so precious;
We may trust His purpose wholly– ‘Tis His children’s welfare solely.
In her last stanza of this poem she wrote:
More secure is no one ever Than the loved ones of the Saviour
Not yon star on high abiding Nor the bird in home-nest hiding.
As you express your thanks to God for all He’s done for you and the blessings we have in Christ, remember that only Jesus gives you security in an insecure world. Keep your hope in Him, at all times, in all places, in all circumstances.
Cf. Daniel Pipes,
National Review Online, The Corner, Nov 8, 2013. Cf.