One of the greatest need of man is security. Every year, billions of dollars is budgeted worldwide to address issues on security of lives and property. However, it seems the statistics will remain the same at least for a long while and arguably so. Terrorism, violent crimes, street gangsters, and so on, continues to threaten global peace. The question is, are we ever going to have a secured world? Why is peace so elusive?
There are millions of people who are displaced worldwide by war, terrorism and other such related crimes against humanity. Growth and development which are highly needed to provide jobs to the unemployed, feed the hungry and shelter the homeless, has been stalled due to the uneasy calm. Where there is no peace, there is no security. Where there is no security, there is no progress. Without progress, dreams are unfulfilled and life becomes a living hell. But, what is true on a global scale is also true on a personal level. After all said and done, it’s not just about the terrorists, the armed robbers, the rapists etc, it is about us as individuals.
If there is ever a time that people have felt more insecured, it is now. Marriages have been torn apart because of insecurity. Cyber bullying, which was unheard of a decade or so ago, has claimed the lives of young teenagers worldwide who would have otherwise lived productive lives. Racism, and interestingly, religion, has helped to fuel more hate. Many young people have forcefully taken their own lives in frustration, and the psychiatry hospitals have recorded the highest number of patients in decades.
Interestingly, insecurity did not start today. The bible records that the Israelites were under task masters. But God raised a man in the person of Moses, an outcast, a fugitive, to lead them into the Promised Land. This is all am trying to say; if you are suffering from insecurity, you are not alone. I have suffered myself, so you better believe me. Insecurity leads to low self-esteem, and when unchecked, it can even lead to depression. Insecurity is a thief of time. Insecured people are poor achievers, because they live in their past, meditating on how good things used to be, without enjoying the now. Insecured people try to pull other people down, they fight wrong battles. Insecurity is a thief of life. Where there is insecurity, there is no joy, peace or growth. But, cheer up, there is hope. In Deuteronomy 31:6, Moses tells Joshua, “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or terrified because of them. For the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Courage is not the absence of fear, but going ahead and doing what has to be done irrespective of the fear. What are your insecurities? God knows about them. Not only that, He will never leave you. Friends of this world will leave you, parents will leave you, colleagues will distance from you when you fail or dare to pursue your dreams. Sometimes, not knowing the source of your insecurity can make situations even worse. What do you do? Talk to someone. A problem shared, is a problem half solved.
You can’t fight insecurity on your own any more than a single policeman can fight the crime of an entire city singlehandedly. We can only disarm darkness with the amour of light. John 1:5 says, the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness comprehended it not.
In the natural, pictures known as negative are produced in the dark. Any little exposure to light will destroy it. So it is with the things of the spirit. Be careful, people may only add salt to the injury. Many wrong advisers are in town, whose mission is to scatter people’s marriages, mess with people’s feelings and so forth. If you are looking for someone to call a friend, I think it is high time I introduced you to my best friend, his name is Jesus. He will never use your story against you. He has gone through the worst form of rejection ever- being forsaken by His father on the Cross when He carried upon Him the sins of the whole world. When God is not for you, everybody will be against you, but when He is for you, who can be against you? He is really a friend you can trust. Why die in silence when someone loves you enough to die for you. All you need do is ask him to come into your life and be your friend. Do that today for procrastination is deadly.