Everybody is interested in security. The outcome of political campaigns revolves a great deal around who people think can best give them security, be it personal, financial, or national security. As Christians living in the world we are not disinterested observers. But the Christian, defined as one who believes the word and promise of God and in the Savior Jesus Christ, is realistic. He knows that all things of this life are as a shadow. What gives security today may be gone tomorrow.
The cause of all insecurity, temporal or eternal, in the world is sin. If one doubts that, think back to the Garden of Eden. Before sin there was no insecurity. What man proposes for security comes to pass only if the Lord blesses. Man’s best-laid plans will not come to pass if God determines that it should not be. Furthermore, as the majority of humanity sees this life as the end all, it finds no absolute security.
The Christian believes God’s Word. He knows that the Heavenly Father is in control of all things. He also knows that there is more to life than life here. God exhorts us not to be tied to the things of this world. They are fleeting and passing. He directs us to real security. “If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sits on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth” (Colossians 3:1,2). “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal” (Matt 6:19-20).
Our Lord Jesus Christ has prepared for us an inheritance in heaven. It is reserved for all those who believe in Him and die in Him. The death and resurrection of Jesus assure it. The Word of the eternal God guarantees it. When death comes, as it inevitably will to all, and all the accumulated things of this earth which deceived us into a sense of false security are rendered worthless, the child of God shall enter into eternal life. The promise is secure, and the life in heaven is secure.
We are not worthy of such a secure hope. Yet God is gracious for Jesus’ sake. To fleeing Jacob he said, “And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spen to thee of” (Genesis 28:15). As God kept His promise to Jacob, so He will keep it to all His children. He will bring us to the better land. He said it. That is security – the best of all. The end of such faith is heaven eternally. The ultimate security!