Clinging To The Security Of Your Bondage

January 26, 2015

Friends,
It’s normal to want to feel secure. We want to know that our health, jobs, marriages, and friendships are secure, that our beliefs are correct and our doctrines true. We want to know that we and our family will have enough money to live on till we die, and that our home and possessions are available to us always. Yes, security is nice.

But is anything really secure for us in this fallen world? It’s not. Nothing is. But there is One who reaches down to us from Heaven and invites us to place our security in Him. He is the Lord and the Maker of the universe –the All-mighty God. He invites us to place our security in Him because He knows He is the only true Security. He actually commands that we understand this and act accordingly. In fact, over and over, God, in His Word, tells us to trust Him and Him only, and to do so completely. (Pr. 3:5,6 and Isa. 26:4 & 50:10 and scores more)

Sadly though, people, even those who claim to believe the Word of God, try hard to trust all sorts of others besides God. They attempt, and insist on, trusting money, possessions, their own wits, and/or other people. And strangely, even when these fail them, they usually try to cling ever more tightly to the very thing, or person, who is failing them!

Isa. 10:20 tells us that the Israelite survivors “will no longer rely on him who struck them down but will truly rely on the LORD, the Holy One of Israel.” Using this verse, let’s all ask ourselves if we are relying on someone or something that has struck us down (or on anything apart from the Lord). And let’s understand that if we are, then we are not truly relying on the Lord. As God warns us in Jer. 17:5, a curse rests on the person who relies on (trusts in / depends on) man, for this is actually a turning away from the Lord. In Num. 11:20 we see this same principle when God states that by desiring to return to Egypt, the Israelites were, by such a desire, rejecting Him. How awful! Yet many “Christians” do this very thing as they go back to their bondages (slavery / addictions / toxic people) over and over again!

Isn’t it true that many people are relying on a particular pet thing, even that which they can see is continually striking them down? They actually cling to it in desperation. And they do so mainly, I believe, because it gives them a sense of security. Even if it is hurting them and ruining them, that thing (or person) keeps giving them relief in some area while also granting them an existence that is known and reliable to them. Being used to that “refuge”, and being used to the results of it, such bondage-addicts find normalcy in their bondage and thus a degree of security that they can count on. To release that thing –that addiction, that slave-master, that oppressor, that perceived security– would be to be left alone amid the unknown. And that unknownness is a whole lot more frightening to them than to continue in the bondage of that which keeps bringing them ruin, humiliation, and despair.

However, the unknown should not be considered a dangerous risk when one places their full trust in the Lord. For as we see, immediately following the warning in Jer. 17:5,6 about the curse of relying on man, God says in verse 7, “But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in Him.” Then God contrasts in verse 8 the resulting blessings as opposed to the curses He warned of in verse 6. The psalmist, David, knew this Truth, for he wrote, “Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods.” (Ps. 40:4) Yet there are many, even so-called “Christians”, who DO look to the proud, to those who have turned aside to false philosophies, to those who do not teach by the Spirit, and to those who are walking in blatant sin.

Yes, there is a time to bear up under unjust suffering as long as the Lord has called us to that and has given us the grace to endure it, provided we are truly walking in righteousness in that place. (1 Peter 2:18-23) But, enduring patiently does not equate with trusting in, or relying on, the abuser(s)! Moreover, if the Lord has opened a door of escape, or if He is impressing on us that the time to leave is quickly approaching, then we should prepare. We certainly should not fearfully cling to the bondage! (1 Cor. 7:21) Nor should we try to appease the one who is extending deceit, injustice, and/or devastation to us! (2 Chron. 28:20,21)

Granted, we do want to be careful about running ahead of God and into the arms of any other refuge besides Him. In fact, before the blessings come, the Lord will often give us a season of lack in the wilderness to test our faithfulness to Him, to test our obedience to His every instruction, and to test how completely we trust Him and His Word. (Dt. 8:1-5) We should expect this, not be un-nerved by it, and let God see that we will trust Him even if it feels like He is slaying us. (Job 13:15) Moving when He says to move, waiting when He says to wait, pausing after each step until He reveals the next –this is the way we trust in God alone and reject the “security” that the Bondage keeps promising us if we would just return to it.

A couple of days ago after praying for a friend in a really abusive situation and asking the Lord why, year after year, she continues to make excuses as to why she is clinging to the very one who keeps shattering her, I heard, “She believes, but doesn’t trust.” Or, “[Because] she believes [in Me], but doesn’t trust [Me].” (The words in brackets were impressions while the words not in brackets were said in words. This is often the way the Lord speaks to me.) Sad and alarmed, I wrote the statement down on the back page of my Bible and asked the Lord to confirm for me if it was truly from Him. So I went to the Word and was immediately led to Num. 11:18-23 where I wrote next to verse 20 the date and, “Craving Bondage’s security is to reject God.” Then I was immediately led to Isa. 10:20 (which I quoted above), and I wrote next to that verse the date and “Confirmation…”

I share that last paragraph to say this: It doesn’t matter if we believe in God and in His Word, for even the demons believe. (Ja. 2:19) We must TRUST in God and in His Word, and thus live out action-faith, not have just head knowledge. If we do not truly trust God, then He considers us to be rejecting His leadership, His ways, His discipline, His blessings, and yes, Him. It is a serious thing to show God rejection. It is to choose a counterfeit refuge and savior. It is to disown God. This is indeed what clinging to any other security entails.

Later that morning the Lord led me to yet another confirmation –an internet article on this same subject. It is excellent and I cannot recommend it more highly. Here is the link:

https://bible.org/article/waiting-lord

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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