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July 24, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?”—Romans 8:32 (NKJV)
Whether we’re willing to admit it or not, we all battle with insecurities. That feeling you felt back in middle school at lunchtime, when you weren’t quite sure which table you should sit at—that sense of not being sure if you really belonged or if you’d be unconditionally accepted—that’s embedded in each of us.
Even those we might call the “popular people” will tell you, if they’re being honest, that the image being projected on the outside is one thing, but there’s something quite different happening on the inside. Again, all of us struggle with insecurity. Some of us are just better at disguising it than others.
It’s common to all because it’s something every human has inherited by way of their fallen nature. When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, their sin opened the floodgates for a slew of damaging traits to dominate us, including insecurity. Sin and insecurity are forever linked, and we see this demonstrated by the behavior Adam and Eve exhibit immediately after they fall. Instead of enjoying a free and open relationship with God, what do they do? They hide from Him: “And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord . . .” (Genesis 3:8 NKJV).
Their insecurity, caused by sin, has reverberated through every generation since, right up until our time. As long as sin is present, and it will be present to some extent as long as we live in these earthly bodies, the presence of insecurity will also be present. It’s a battle that will be ongoing.
However, God has given us a mighty weapon that we can wield (and win with) in this ongoing conflict—the cross. The apostle Paul reminds us of this in the above passage. He points us to the cross by reminding us that God was willing to sacrifice His Son to die for us. And if He was willing to do that, the implications are astounding, especially when it comes to insecurity.
The cross takes insecurity off the table for those who have placed their trust in what it represents, which is the fact that God so loved us that He willingly delivered His beloved Son to suffer and die in order to satisfy the penalty for our sin. By the cross, God has demonstrated where we stand with Him. The response to any insecurity as to how God may feel about us has been given once and for all. He loves us enough to die for us. There is no place whatsoever for insecurity in light of this love, period.
However, for many of us, our hearts can still wrestle with this, because we’ve never known or seen a love like this demonstrated in any of our other relationships in life. “God may love other people like that, but what about me? I bet He feels that way about people more lovable than I am? After all, this is what all my experiences on earth have taught me.” If that mindset is allowed to linger, so will our sense of insecurity towards God.
As if on cue, Paul wrote elsewhere that God sent His Son to die for us, not when some of us were more lovable than others but “while we were still sinners” (Romans 5:8). None of us coaxed God to love us. Far from it! From His vantage point, we were equally rebellious and sinful towards Him. In fact, we were technically enemies with God as it relates to His holy nature (Romans 5:10). Yet even in such a state as this, God loved us and demonstrated it in the most irrefutable way possible.
If insecurity has had its way with you, if it has kept you locked up and frozen, unsure of God’s heart towards you and questioning if you really belong, remember this reality: God did the most loving thing He could ever do for you when you were at your very worst. And if He loves you enough to do that, you can turn from your insecure instincts and turn towards an assurance based on the facts of what He’s done for you.
Pastor Dan Hickling serves our online community, also known as the Calvary Chapel Online Campus. He and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years and have two children, Lauren and Danny. Both Dan and Becky have been part of the CCFL church family for 22 years and have served in full time ministry for 20 of those years.