October 18, 2019
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Because of my strong love for Native Americans, I was especially interested in a story author Leonard Sweet told in a book of his. It's about a rite of passage that one tribe had for its boys when they turned 13. On that birthday, a warrior blindfolded the boy and took him several miles from camp. Then the warrior took off the blindfold and left this young teenager in this dark, dense forest. The young man was expected to stay there for the night and fend for himself. When it got dark, it got really dark. The trees were so dense he couldn't see the moon, he couldn't see the stars. Oh, but he could sure hear those eerie sounds of the wind, the howls of the wild animals nearby, and the rustling of the leaves that sounded like an approaching enemy. For most boys, it was a night without sleep. And then the dawn began to break. And then the young man could see the forest as it really was; the flowers were blooming, the majestic trees swaying in the wind, and the wildlife scurrying around for food. And then, the biggest surprise of all. The boy would see an imposing male figure, standing in the woods only a few yards away. He'd be startled at first, until he recognized the man. Unbeknownst to this frightened young warrior, his father had been there the whole time, ready to protect his son against anything that might harm him.
I'm Ron Hutchcraft and I want to have A Word With You today about "Unseen, Unbeatable Security."
A father who's there even when you're unaware of His presence and His protection; a father who can defend you against anything that comes against you. Now that's security. And in an increasingly dangerous and unpredictable world, security is hard to come by. With all the unsettling possibilities on the road ahead of you - medically, financially, relationally - even to the end of your life when it comes. A strong protector who will never leave you; that's something worth hoping for, it's worth searching for.
There is such a Father. He created you, and His heart's desire for you is to have an intimate love relationship with Him. A love you can never lose. Listen to His promise to those who belong to Him in Isaiah 43, verses 1-3: "This is what the Lord says: 'Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned...for I am the Lord your God." Well, listen, if the Lord is your God, you have that ironclad security, from here, through every dark and lonely stretch of your life, and all the way to eternity.
But without an act of God, we can't belong to Him. In the words of Ephesians 2:12, we are "without God and without hope in this world." We're without God because we've basically turned our backs on Him so we could do with our lives what we wanted to do, which means we're infected with this thing called sin - which God can't touch and heaven can't allow. But because of His great love for you, God launched a rescue mission on your behalf. He sent His Son, Jesus, as the Bible says, "to carry our sins in His body on the tree" (1 Peter 2:24). And now He makes this promise, "Never will I leave you. Never will I forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5).
Isn't it time that you surrendered the controls of your life and turned them over to the one who should have been in charge all along? Aren't you ready for some unloseable security - the kind that only a Heavenly Father can give you? One who gave His Son for you? Then tell Him that: "God, I've lived long enough without You in my heart. I'm putting all my trust in what Jesus did for me on the cross and I am giving me to You."
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No more fear of abandonment. No more fear of the unknown. No matter how dark, no matter how lonely, you will have a Father watching over you who has promised He will never leave you. For all the days of your life, and for all eternity, you will be safe.