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Security in the Midst of Loss

The kinds of loss people face include the loss of job, career, dreams, marriage, significance, health, loved ones, meaning, purpose and hope. The experience of loss is especially common to people everywhere as we find ourselves struggling to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. Nations are doing our best to respond to this unprecedented crisis, but the daily death toll continues to climb and the pandemic continues to do damage to individuals, families, communities, businesses and economies. While we understand that loss is inevitable in human experience, we cannot help the strong feelings of insecurity that develop in our hearts.

How can I feel secure again? Why is this pandemic happening? When will all this turmoil end? Is there a place that can provide me security? Is there a practice I can adopt? Is there a purpose I can embrace? Is there a person I can turn to?

There can be no security unless we can have certainty that things will be alright in the end.

The victory of Jesus Christ over sin and death provides the basis for the believer’s security. This security is not a mere feeling, transient and subjectively dependent on the believer’s circumstances. God offers an objective and everlasting security to everyone who would believe in His Son Jesus Christ. You and I can have eternal security in our lives because Christ suffered the loss of His life on the cross for our sake. Because Christ paid for all our sins, we won’t have to pay for them ourselves on judgment day when Christ returns to judge the living and the dead. Because on the third day Christ left behind the grave, so will we on the day when Christ returns to gather His people to Himself. We will receive resurrection bodies that are immortal and make our eternal home in the City of God when He renews the heaven and the earth. Everything will be alright in the end…provided that we put our faith in Christ and trust in Him for the salvation of our souls and bodies. Believers will forever dwell in God’s presence in the fullness of joy and gladness. Our lives are secure in God’s hands and on His appointed day He will give to us all His promised blessings according to His perfect plan.

Written by Ps Ivan Ho

 

Below we offer some resources to help you in your journey of getting to know God and growing as a Christian.

SERMONS

“Finding Security in the Midst of Loss”, by Ps Barney Lau: https://sermonresources.cefc.org.sg/file/1551

 

On the Resurrection of Christ:

“The Heartbeat of Christianity”, by Rev Edmund Chan: https://sermonresources.cefc.org.sg/file/96

“Resurrection: The Hope of Man”, by Rev Edmund Chan: https://sermonresources.cefc.org.sg/file/1050

“Resurrection: God’s Glory”, by Rev Edmund Chan: https://sermonresources.cefc.org.sg/file/1051

 

On Suffering:

“How to Deal with Dark Times”, by Dr Timothy Keller: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ulmaUtbayGY

(Dr Keller expounds on Psalm 88 and explains the realism of the Bible and the Psalms. ” He shows how in our darkest times we can find hope in Jesus Christ. Listen out for his insightful and powerful closing.)

 

ARTICLES

Three-part discussion on pain and suffering, by Rev Dr Chua Chung Kai:

Coronavirus, Suffering and Psalm 91 The Human Problem of Suffering

TESTIMONY

“Trusting God’s Hand When I Couldn’t See His Face”, by Timothy Paul Jones: https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/article/trust-hand/

 

SONG

Psalm 42”, by Tori Kelly: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GOIQJVMD1jU

(With deep feeling and passion, Tori Kelly sings of the soul’s need for God just as the deer pants for the water, and how we really need Jesus.)

 

SCRIPTURE

Psalm 88

Psalm 39

Job 1-3; 42

Lamentations 3:19-24

Habakkuk 3:17-19

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Daily Devo

Daily Devotional Journal

Scripture:
Jonah 4:1-9
Fri, 28 January 2022

The Angry Man

Observation:

What question does God ask Jonah twice in this passage?

Deeper Reflection
IN CHAPTER 4 WE GET A GLIMPSE OF THE REBELLIOUS prophet’s true worldview and values. We would expect Jonah to be delighted that the Ninevites experienced God’s mercy, as he himself did (Jon 2:6). Then, the first word of chapter 4 – BUT – hits us like a sledgehammer. BUT Jonah was exceedingly displeased! He was angry! Why? Because, as verse 2 reveals, Jonah the rebellious prophet had not truly changed his perspective, even after his fish belly experience. He tells God: I told you so! That is why I never wanted to preach to the Ninevites – because I knew that You would forgive them. Jonah had preached, hoping that God would not be gracious to Nineveh, or that the Ninevites would not repent, thereby incurring judgment. Jonah resented God’s grace to the undeserving – except when he himself was the recipient.74 God asks Jonah a rhetorical question twice in verses 4 and 9: do you have a right to be angry? The second time, Jonah actually answers this question – YES, I DO, I’m angry enough to die. Aren’t we all somewhat petulant and immature like Jonah? We love God’s grace – primarily when it is extended to us. When we see others receive God’s grace, our first instinct may be to cry “Unfair!” rather than rejoice with them. Or we think it unfair when we do not receive the grace we (ironically) think we deserve. Jonah was very happy when God graciously provided him a plant (v.6), but furious when God took it away. God’s grace is His prerogative – we never have a right to demand it. And He is gracious to all!
74 Stuart, Hosea-Jonah, 443.
Application:

How do I deal with feelings of “unfairness” when I do not receive the blessings that I think I deserve, or when I see others blessed “more” than me?

Prayer:
Write a prayer to God as your response from your meditation on and application of the Scriptures.
Prayer Pointers:
  • Give thanks and praise
  • Pray for SGI leaders: That all small group leaders will depend deeply on God’s grace and serve others because of it
  • Pray for significant people
  • Pray for those in need
  • Pray for self

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