Anyone who has seen an avalanche thunder down a mountainside sweeping strong rocks and trees, chalets and barns along with it as though they were pebbles and matchsticks in a stream, or anyone who has looked at the devastation caused by a cyclone such as the one that destroyed Darwin, Australia, last Christmas eve, knows what insecurity feels like. The sight of normally solid, dependable old landmarks suddenly shifting, sliding, and crumbling brings a reaction accompanied usually by an action! The action would in most cases be one of hurrying to more solid ground, the most dependable, safe area available.
Our news media report to us these days the crumbling of far more than mountainsides, houses, and towns. The “crumbling economy” and shifting value of money fill with dismay any who have looked with satisfaction at bonds and stocks or bank books as something to be counted on for the years ahead.
Security is often defined as a comforting amount of material goods in a house, bank account, land, and so on. The word “security” conjures up a picture of warmth, comfort, settledness, with no “risk” blowing a chill air in to bring a shiver.
Who wouldn’t prefer to be “secure” rather than “insecure,” whether in material things, health, emotions, talents, self-assurance, or human relationships?
Yet there is a danger signal that needs to be given very definite attention. You probably read in the accounts of the Australian hurricane that warnings had been given but had not been heeded because they seemed so impossible. We are warned that if we are secure in this world’s things, we are in danger of being insecure in that which matters most. We can be lulled to sleep by a false sense of security. If we are rich enough, have satisfactory health, ...1
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