Secure and Confident...
Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the Lord. He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit. Jeremiah 17:7-8
All people need the two "S's" -- security and significance. We need to feel safe and secure, and we need to know we matter, that we are important. The most durable security and significance, I am convinced, derives from a strong relationship with God through Jesus Christ. There are times, like now, when our security is tested; what and who we lean upon is strained, stretched. The planetary covid crisis asks, "where is your confidence, your security now?"
Isaiah 30 describes a similar crisis in Judah's history. God rebuked his people for pursuing security through Egypt's military, and stated a magnificent truth: “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.” But you were unwilling...
the Hebrew word "trust" here is bitkha -- meaning security, confidence. The Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament is helpful:
This is one of two words used in the OT to express trust or reliance upon...bitkha expresses that sense of well-being and security which results from having something or someone in whom to place confidence..stressing the feeling of being safe or secure...to know inner peace and absence of fear **
It's also the word God uses in Jeremiah 17 (above) "the man who trusts [bitkha] in the LORD. The picture of a tree, secure even in drought, is encouraging. My strength, my secure confidence, comes from clinging to Jesus. No matter what plague, what distress financially, what trials arrive, I can trust Him. I can rely emotionally and intellectually on my God the Rock. Consider where your emotional security is located: Jesus assured us that "My Father...is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand." The more I depend on him, the greater my security.
Unsnatchable, and loving it, Perry Floyd