Resources

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:
1 Samuel 23:10-14
Sat, 25 September 2021

Security in “Keilah” Discipleship Journey

Observation:

What significant observations can you make about God in verses 10 to 14?

Deeper Reflection
DAVID’S “KEILAH” discipleship journey (1 Sam 23:1-13) begins with David fighting for Keilah to save their lives (vv.1-5), but ironically, it ends with David fleeing from Keilah to save his own life (vv.12-13). When God spoke to David about saving Keilah from the Philistines, He gave him this assurance: “I will give the Philistines into your hand” (v.4). God kept His word and David delivered Keilah with a great slaughter of the Philistines (v.5). Then when David inquired of God if Keilah would surrender him to Saul, God’s word to him was just “They will surrender you” (v.12) – and nothing more. There was no promise of deliverance. No word of direction. No word as to what David should do next. All David and his troops did next was they “departed from Keilah and they went wherever they could go” (v.13). But the narrator calls for eyes of faith to see God’s presence and providence in this “wherever they could go”, which appears to speak of lostness and uncertainty. David faced almost constant danger from Saul, but he always “escaped” (v.13) – a continuity of David’s “escape” journey (1 Sam 19:10, 12, 17, 18; 22:1). Keilah would surrender David “into the hand of Saul” (vv.11-12), but “God did not deliver him into his hand”, even though Saul “sought him every day” (v.14). David might be going “wherever they could go” with Saul pursuing him “every day”, but he was secure in God’s hand.
Application:

How will I live in situations when all I can do is to go wherever I could go?

Prayer:
Write a prayer to God as your response from your meditation on and application of the Scriptures.
Prayer Pointers:
  • Give thanks and praise:
  • For Church Board: To walk under God’s hand in uncertain times
  • Pray for significant people:
  • Pray for those in need:
  • Pray for self:

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