They inspired terror. They thought their strategic strongholds were impenetrable. They seemed to be in complete control. They had taken God’s people into captivity. But their pride deceived them. God said,
The horror you inspire has deceived you, and the pride of your heart, you who live in the clefts of the rock, who hold the height of the hill. Though you make your nest as high as the eagle’s, I will bring you down from there, declares the Lord.
Like these godless nations, we are tempted to build strongholds. We invest to make sure that our money is making money. We structure our lives so that we are secure in retirement. We build our nests as high as the eagles’. But the pride of our hearts deceives us. We learn, sometimes tragically, that we are not in control after all.
Jesus once told a story about a man whose ground produced a good crop. The man was already wealthy; his barns were full. But in his greed, he tore down his barns and built bigger ones. God’s message to him was stark, “You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you” (Luke 12:20 NIV). At the end of the day security is found in God alone.
- Ask God to reveal what you are relying on for security.
- If it is bigger barns, take action to anchor your life in eternal things.
Father, help me not to put my security in possessions, power, or position. Help me to not be deceived by the world’s offering of confidence. May my trust be in you alone. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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