That’s Some Home Security

“Lord, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing. You guard all that is mine.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭16:5‬ ‭

Locks, bolts, fences, dogs with studded collars and sharp teeth, home security systems.

What’s up?

Well, we like our ‘stuff’. And our ‘stuff’ gives others the idea that it would be nice to have our stuff without the bother of having to work for it.

Hence the locks, bolts, fences, dogs with studded collars and sharp teeth, and home security systems.

Home security is a big deal. Folks shell out some serious coin to make sure no one can get what they worked so hard to buy. Americans spent over 50 billion dollars last year ensuring that their properties were protected.

No, that isn’t a typo. I meant to say billion.

Imagine this sign on the front lawn in bold red letters:

GUARD GOD ON DUTY.

Folks would think it was a typo.

God is in the protection business, undoubtedly. He promises His protection in different contexts to different people at different time’s in history.

But to claim that He is guarding our precious ‘stuff’?

You’d have to look at the Bible as a whole to get a general trend.

And there isn’t one! For as many instances of biblical characters being rich, there are many more who were poor. Some stories speak of lives being soared – and some end in disaster. There is no generic ‘Live long and prosper’ rule that can be applied to people of faith.

Look at Jesus.

He relied on donations. He never owned property. He often didn’t even have a roof over His head.

You couldn’t argue from His example that God was a good guard of possessions.

You couldn’t even argue that God was protecting His life. Jesus died, remember? A particularly harsh and cruel death at that.

So what does this verse mean, if God isn’t necessarily interested in protecting my physical property or even keeping me alive indefinitely?

What we have is all from God. He blesses – but as brother Job would add, He also takes away. As much as He has blessed characters from history with financial benefits and physical safety from outside threats, this principle remains in play:

God is much more interested in my spirit than in my bank account. He wants my heart to grow in purity and compassion more than He wants me to live a long life. My comfort will always, always play second fiddle to my spiritual refinement.

Why?

God lives outside of time.

He knows how very brief this earthly lifespan is in might of forever. And He, living forever, wants us to know something.

My present circumstances – rich, poor, or in between – are a blink. A blink! It is my ‘forever’, not my fortune, that needs guarding.

And guard that, He will.

He will stop at nothing to guard all that is mine – my character. My faith. My eternal security. My investment in righteous thought patterns and choices that will place me in the center of His plan for me.

He is my inheritance, after all. All this present life is pointing to us a forever future – and He will do whatever it takes to ensure that I learn and grow and develop the traits that I will be able to carry into that eternal future.

That’s some home security…

Learn to see God as a cup of blessing, an inheritance, and a guard of all His investment with me??

Father, our eyes and senses get so tricked into believing that the material is all there is! Remind us that it is the eternal that has the most consequence, and that any investment we make into building our faith and spirit is guarded by You personally! Thank You for being our glorious inheritance! Amen.

Published by melodylowes

I am actually a bit of a mess. But in the mess, I’m finding security in knowing I am chosen, I am forgiven, and I matter. After uncovering a history of abuse in my past, I have done a lot of healing - and writing is one way I can invite you deeper into your own healing journey! I write devotionals about the complicated thing called life at growing-in-grace.ca, and my poetry is stashed at melodylowes.com. Pull up a chair and a coffee or tea and let's grow together!

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