Waiting for Security


Waiting for Security | Advent Series (2/4)

Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honour Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan –
The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned...
For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:1-2, 6

After travelling for hours, night was falling. Suddenly, there was a large thump and the car jolted. We kids held on tightly while Dad steered the shuddering car to the hard shoulder. We were powerless – all we could do was wait for the AA. Huddled together in the cold, cars zooming past, the wait seemed endless.

Eventually, out of the darkness there was light. The headlights gave a halo to our hero, who was carrying a spare tyre and a spanner.

Sometimes that’s what life is like: a sudden interruption to our plans and we’re left in the dark, waiting, powerless. For me, it was chronic illness that stopped me in my tracks. For the past eight years I’ve been mainly bedbound, waiting to recover.

For you it may be unemployment, financial trouble, relationship breakdown, workplace bullying, caring for a relative. Globally, too, there’s recession, wars, and terrorism. The world seems a little darker. We all want someone trustworthy to look in our eyes and promise, ‘It’s going to be okay’.

Even if right now you’re merrily speeding along in life, you know it could some day be you in the darkness. That’s why people sign up for roadside assistance: it’s a safety net.

Where does our true security lie? The right answer is ‘Jesus’, as it was for the people of God in Isaiah’s day. They were facing great uncertainty and darkness; Isaiah promised future light and a new leader. They shouldn’t trust in Assyria for security but in the King to come.

We know Jesus should be our security, but it’s often so much easier to lean on something else without realising. Try finishing this sentence, ‘One day, I fear that…’ What disaster do you imagine might happen? This will give you a clue as to where your security lies. If nothing comes to mind, try, ‘I don’t fear disaster will come because…’, which may also give you your answer.

What are you leaning on? This week, whenever you’re travelling somewhere, take some time praying through what you depend on: money, family, work, intelligence, friendships, networks. These are all good gifts. But they cannot be the heroes that fix us nor the staffs we lean on.

As you consider your future this week, discipline yourself to remember Jesus as leader, Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God. Put your future again in his hands.

Tanya Marlow
Author of Those Who Wait