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Freedom in Helplessness


I recently interviewed a woman who had lost her husband unexpectedly to a stroke. As we talked, Milly laughingly told me she had some great material for a seminar, but she doubted anyone would come. The title, she said, would be: “I know absolutely nothing. I control absolutely nothing. And in that there’s freedom.”

“Search for Security” by David Barshinger touches on this exact issue. He points out our preoccupation with the security, from life insurance to home protection to gainful employment. Ultimately, he says, these precautions don’t deliver the security we desire. There’s a better way:

But even now, in this fallen world, we can find true security because it is based not on a world gone awry, but on the hope of what lies beyond. God’s promise that believers in Jesus will share in the resurrection of Christ (Rom 6:1-11) is the basis for our security now — not that we will never experience pain in this world, but that “the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed in us” (Rom 8:18) and that in the new heaven and new earth, “death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore” (Rev 21:4).

True security, then, is found in trusting God through current circumstances with a view toward the final hope we have in Christ.

And when we’re able to look ahead, as Milly has, there is freedom.


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