Universal insecurity?

By Dave Henning / January 14, 2024

“A universal aspect of our fallen nature is deep-seated insecurity. . . .  Until we find our security in God, it is universal.  Insecurity goes down to the rest of our being.  Behind every mask is an insecurity about our true identity and our place in this world.”- Chip Ingram

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.”- Psalm 46:1-2 (NIV)

In Chapter 5 (“The Lie of Fear”) of Discover Your True Self, Chip Ingram underscores that in the midst of trying times, you realize Jesus is your only security.  Hence, in the storms of life, you get a glimpse of God.  As a result, HIs promises move from your head to your heart.

So, Pastor Ingram asks, what does it mean to be secure?  Used as an adjective, secure implies certainty – a done deal.  Thus, when you feel secure, no outside force can barge in and remove you.  In a spiritual context then, nothing removes you from God.

In addition, used as a verb, secure means to obtain something without fear you’ll lose it again.  Therefore, in every case security involves finding safety and security in a world that’s unsafe and uncertain.

Certainly, everyone’s insecurities differ.  And different circumstances provoke them.  However, Chip notes, all our insecurities tend to fall into one of four categories.  The author covers the first one today.

1.  Fear of physical harm or death.  Studies show that the world is safer than it’s ever been.  Because, per capita, fewer wars, diseases, disasters, and crimes occur.  But, on the other hand, much more information exists about those things.  Above all, the constant stream of negative reports magnifies their effect.

Furthermore, the threats seem very real because we hear about them from every corner of the world.  As a result, many people live in constant fear of physical harm or death.

Today’s question: What Bible verses help you counter the universal nature of insecurity?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: “A disorienting journey”

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