My childhood sense of security was dependent on a few things.
The sight of my dad walking around the house nightly, ensuring that each door and window was securely fastened.
And when he was not around, I felt safe once I could engage the three (3) different locks on the front door.
Meanwhile, I was confident in his imminent return.
Years later, the addition of burglar bars upped the safety ante.
You’re probably wondering where my belief in Jesus was.
Well I did pray to Him to keep me safe, but my sense of security, at that time, was grounded in what I could see. And what I could see was my tall dad whom I was reasonably sure could defend us against a thief.
Last night, as I walked the perimeter of my home ensuring that each door and window was securely fastened, I wondered about the ritual.
I do this now as a means of reassuring my child (and me) that we’re safely tucked in before we pray and leave the rest in God’s hands.
But last night I wondered, am I as vigilant with my heart?
Do I engage in rituals that ensure that my heart is safely tucked way? Out of the reach of the enemy?
1 Peter 5:8 CEV tells us, “…your enemy, the devil, is like a roaring lion, sneaking around to find someone to attack.”
So what have I put in place to protect myself?
Do I meditate on God’s word? Do I pray to Him? Do I give Him praise?
Are there bars on my mind, to keep out the things that shouldn’t get in?
Am I careful in my choice of the books that I read, or the music I listen to, or the places I go?
The consequences of a thief breaking into one’s home can be quite dire.
However, the enemy getting away with one’s heart is eternally fatal.
The wisest man who ever lived cautions us to, “Guard your heart above all else…” Proverbs 4:23 NLT.
And that sounds like an excellent course of action to me.
What about you?