December 2016 /January 2017 - Vol. 89

 anchored on rock by Kevin
Anchored on the Rock
by Tom Caballes

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling." 
- Psalm 46:1-3 ESV
What or who is the true source of our security? Many people look at wealth, or popularity, or something else as their prime source of being secured. The truth is, everything is either unstable or ‘sinking.’ There is nothing we can truly rely and depend on when things are gloomy or hopeless – except God. Why? Because God is the Rock, Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. He knows everything that will happen, and He cares for us. That does not mean everything will be rosy for us, but we know God will be with us even at the most challenging times – God exceedingly values us. How about you – who or what does your security depend on – The Rock of Salvation, or something else?

So How Do You Live Being Truly Secured in Life?

  1. God is commonly compared to a rock in the Bible. The first step to true security in life is to be anchored to the Rock. If we truly seek His Kingdom first, God will take care of our needs. See Matthew 6:33.
  2. We need to surrender all that we value and dear in life to God. “All” includes all our relationships, our talents, our time and our possessions. He has given all these things to us, and He can take away anything from us as well at His leisure. See Job 1:21. Our response should be of heartfelt gratitude to God for all His gifts to us. Everything belongs to Him. We are just ‘travellers’ in this life.
  3. Seek heavenly treasures, not earthly ones. Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:19-21 ESV). Heavenly treasures are yours to keep forever, and you will never lose them.
  4. Instead of being greedy for worldly wealth, we should be generous with our wealth...'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.' (Matthew 25:40 ESV)
  5. Our hearts should not be fixated or attached to anything or anyone. For the present form of this world is passing away. (1 Corinthians 7:31B ESV). Yes, we should enjoy life, family and friendships, but the reality is that everything in this world, even good and great things, will fall apart rot or decay.
  6. Fear and doubt can challenge our sense of security. One of the most frequent messages in the Bible is – do not be afraid! If God is for you, who can be against you? See Romans 8:31 and 38-39.
  7. Be passionate about your love for God. Your passion for God should overflow in you, and you should not keep God to yourself. You have found the hidden treasure and the pearl of great price – share it!
Other Scripture passages:
  1. I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken. (Psalm 16:8 ESV)
  2. The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. (Psalm 18:2 ESV)
  3. And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28 ESV)
  4. Other references: Psalm 91:1-16; 1 Peter 1:3-5; and Philippians 3:20.
For personal reflection or group sharing
  1. Do I have anything that I am attached to in this life? What – and why - cannot I let go?
  2. Do I have an attitude of a traveller or a sojourner in this life, or do I make this life my ‘real’ life?
Tom Caballes is the National Senior Administrator and a National Coordinator of the Lamb of God, a community of the Sword of the Spirit with 7 branches located throughout New Zealand. Tom also leads Kairos New Zealand, an outreach program for high school, university, and post-university aged people. 

Tom and his wife Mhel and their two daughters live in Wellington, New Zealand.

"Anchored on the Rock of God" illustration by (c)  Kevin Carden
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