by Tim Hall
One of man’s deepest needs is to feel safe. Is that an impossible quest?
Just when we thought it was safe to fly, a breach of security occurred. The intrusion took place at Newark’s Liberty International Airport, one of the nation’s busiest.
Cameras recorded a man ducking under a rope as the security officer stepped away from his post. One of the terminals was shut down for six hours as a search for the intruder came up empty. Air traffic around the nation was affected.
We’re likely looking at a case of someone who didn’t want to wait in line to be cleared for boarding. No one will deny that security measures at the airports are a hassle. Most of us, though, are glad to go through the process if it means flying without fear of sitting beside a terrorist.
This incident in Newark, coupled with an armed passenger apprehended in midair on Christmas day, has shaken us up again.
Security has a price. To protect our homes from burglars or our vehicles from thieves we often pay high monthly premiums. Keeping citizens secure from those convicted of violent crimes requires solid prisons surrounded by rows of concertina wire. Even these measures are fallible. Guarded homes are broken into and prisons occasionally experience jailbreaks.
Guarding our most valuable possession is God’s job. What is that possession? Jesus tells us: “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matthew 16:26). No material object you possess comes close to the value of your soul. Do you feel secure about that soul?
Can security for the soul be found? Hear Jesus again:
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of my hand. My father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of my father’s hand” (John 10:27-29).
There is one who stalks us to rob us of our eternal destiny, Jesus warned (John 10:10). But Satan is no match for God when we entrust our souls to him.
That claim in confirmed in James 4:7: “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” Sadly, many do not resist the devil. In effect they’re handing Satan the key to their heart. Before long he’ll move in and destroy (see John 13:27).
You and I can do better. Knowing what a tragedy it would be to lose our souls, let us draw near to God. In doing so we’ll be entering a security zone that no power can ever breach.