â€œLet the beloved of the LORD rest secure in Him, for He shields him all day long, and the one the LORD loves rests between His shouldersâ€
In Our Daily Bread (10-17-10) Jennifer Benson Schuldt wrote: Â
Â On a whim, I bought a red foil balloon at the grocery store. The message “I Love You” streamed across the front inÂ billowy script. As I was loading bags into my car, the balloon’s string slid through my fingers.
I stood there watching it float away, and soon it was nothing more than a tiny red dotâ€”finally, just a memory.
Losing that balloon reminded me of the way love sometimes vanishes from lives.Â Children rebel and distance themselves; spouses or loved ones desert; close friends stop calling.
I’m so thankful that God’s love is steady; it can sustain us when love here on earth drifts away. In fact, it’s so reliable that Jesus invites us to abide in His love (John 15:9). He wants us to know it’s okay to settle in and get comfortable.
Have you ever wished you could feel so safe and secure that nothing would ever sway you?Â No one, not even your emotions or any circumstance can rattle your cage!Â In Jesus Christ we can! Â (Deuteronomy 33:12).Â He is our hope, our firm foundation: Â â€œWe have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.Â It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalfâ€ (Hebrews 6:19-20).
The psalmist says, â€œMy flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion foreverâ€ (Psalm 73:26).Â Our bodies may grow weak and waste away, or we may fail to trust and obey Him as we know we should; yet when we come to Him and confess our failures we absorb His love anew, and affirm, â€œLord, You are the strength of my heart and my portion forever.â€
Jesus asserts, â€œAs the Father has loved Me, so have I loved youâ€ (John 15:9).Â Â Â Our true security is anchored in the knowledge of Godâ€™s love for us and the assurance that we can do nothing to make Him love us more, or fail to do that would make Him love us less.
Whatever may occur in our lives, there is nothing that can ever separate us from Him.Â His love surrounds, establishes, protects, and settles us at the core of our being (Romans 8:38).
â€œThat He does not careâ€ is just as unthinkable as â€œthat He cannot.â€ Â Â His constant care will keep our hearts safely secure forever. Â Â He cannot let us go.Â His character, His faithful love, will not let Him.
God will not forget His children
Nor will He forsake our care;
His compassion is enduringâ€”
Even when weâ€™re unaware. â€“Sper