January 20


Secure, Not Shaken

When I felt secure, I said, “I will never be shaken.”
LORD, when you favored me, you made my royal mountain stand firm; but when you hid your face, I was dismayed.
PSALM 30:6

Security rests in our Savior, not in our stuff. Stuff comes and goes—it’s unreliable. But when Christ comes to dwell in our hearts, He remains. Because He is secure, we are secure. But we must beware lest we believe security resides anywhere other than the Lord. Our security isn’t based on feelings, but faith. If our security depends on feeling secure—we’ll be shaken by circumstances. But if our security rests on faith in Christ—no situation can shake us.
If our confidence is based on pleasant circumstances, our security is at risk. Our life becomes a rollercoaster of reactionary responses. If we feel good, we’re secure; if we feel bad, we’re insecure. If people like us, we’re secure; if they don’t, we’re insecure. If we have money, we’re secure; if not, we’re insecure. If we’re healthy, we’re secure; if we’re unhealthy, we’re insecure. We eventually grow weary and wither under the whiplash of insecure living.

“Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken” (Psalm 62:2).

Don’t place your security in success or failure. The fumes of success can smother your faith as fast as failure can extinguish your hope. The security we find in Jesus never changes. He is our rock and our refuge. He never moves. He’s not shaken. Critics couldn’t rattle Christ with their mockery and viciousness. His suffering only displayed more prominently His secure and pure behavior. Resurrection hope warmed His heart with calm assurance.
Left to our own efforts, we’re anxious people. Whenever self seeks assurance outside of Christ, it becomes uncertain. The search for security results in insecurity when we marginalize our Master. Relationships come and go, but our relationship with Jesus remains intact forever. Doubt arises when we add anything to our faith in Christ. Therefore, develop your fidelity of faith. You’re secure because your security rests on the eternal. Shun earth’s securities and embrace heaven’s. Faith in Jesus needs no outside help. By God’s grace and love, the faithful are secure, not shaken!

“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken” (Isaiah 54:10).
What does it mean to be secure in Christ? How can I keep success from shaking my faith?

Related Readings
Job 11:18; Psalm 112:7-8; Hebrews 6:19-20; 12:28; 2 Peter 3:17-18