Something I’ve realized about myself is my tendency to plan out my life. Although I may say I “let go and let God” in regards to the direction of my life, it is a constant battle.
Personally, my husband and I are storing a certain amount of money each month for a house, travel, and a future family. When we’re meeting our financial goals and everything is going as planned, it’s easy to become prideful – to think we have our lives under control.
But money is unreliable. Last October, Aaron and I were in a car accident (praise Jesus – we were totally fine!) but his car was totaled so we had to buy a new car which, according to our “timeline,” set us back by half a year. To say I was blindsided is an understatement.
It is so easy for us to place our comfort and security in the things of world. But this world is broken. Our earthly security can be stripped away in a single moment.
It’s important to recognize what areas of our lives give us the perception that we have everything under our own control – the areas in which we have become prideful.
Maybe it’s money – maybe saving every penny, like I do, gives you security. Maybe you’re wealthier than the average person and you see yourself as more valuable than others. Money can be a big offender. Wealth is intoxicating and money is deceiving. It can have a tight grip on people, and we have to be careful not to give in. We must remember that we are only the keepers of God’s money.
Maybe you find your security in your accomplishments. It’s easy to think you’ve got it all together when you have produced something great. Maybe you’ve achieved a perfect score on a test, or you won a game. There’s no guarantee all our days will consist of accomplishments. There will be days that set you back, and projects you don’t complete. There will be days you fail – sometimes miserably. Our talents and accomplishments are gifts from God and it’s our job to give it all to Him.
Maybe it’s people. We love being loved, and we all seek approval. We place our security in our relationships and our loved ones. But we are all broken humans – people will hurt you. People may leave you. And not everyone will like you. But God will never leave or forsake you. And he will always love you.
James 4:6 says, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” I think this plays an important role on this topic of false security. It is prideful of us to find our security and comfort in anything other than God. So whatever that earthly security is for you, it’s important to recognize the pride in it.
When our false security is stripped away, there’s a possibility God will hide his face for a moment. He does this for our own good – to help us recognize that He is our security. He is our firm foundation. He is the only thing we need.
In Psalm 131:6-7, David says “When I felt secure, I said ‘I will never be shaken: O Lord, when you favored me, you made my mountain stand firm; but when you hid your face, I was dismayed.’” Even though David knew his riches and power were from God, he saw himself as greater than others – his heart became prideful.
The moment our earthly security is swept from our feet, we feel helpless, but it is a reminder to lean on God – every day – because we are only secure in Him.
God is teaching me that my tendency to control stems from a lack of trust in Him. But how will I ever be content if I do not trust God with my life? This screams pride.
“God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
Earthly security makes us proud but security in God makes us humble.
Earthly security makes us feel like we need to prove something but security in God gives us the freedom to relax in Him.
Earthly security makes us crave attention and approval but security in God gives us the strength to put others above ourselves.
Earthly security makes us hunger for more but security in God makes us content.
It’s easy to put our heart and hope into this world – our possessions, our followers & likes, our accomplishments, our wealth, and our image. But none of these things matter when we do not find our security in the only one who matters.