Devotions, Politics and Government

The Security System

Read: Psalm 20:1-9

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5,6

The excitement in the neighboring office was palpable.  After years in an unsecured building, they were installing a state of the art security system with all of the alarms, bells, and whistles that every government office truly needs.  There was the deadbolt on the glass door (I suppose that they were expecting any would be criminals to think twice before breaking the glass and unlocking the deadbolt) and a film on the windows which would prevent them from shattering if a madman attacked the office with a machine gun.  (I was a little concerned that a bullet could still pass through the window and into the body of someone inside of the office, but at least all would rest in peace in the knowledge that the windows would be fine.)

The crowning jewel, however, was the communications system.  Placed beside the glass door, a com box allowed the Staff Assistant (whose desk was directly behind the glass door) to observe all potential visitors through a video camera which was directly linked to his computer.  (Did I mention that the door was glass… transparent glass?) Not only that, but while looking at the constituent in the monitor behind his desk, rather than through the glass door in front of it, he could pick up the phone attached to the monitor and speak to the person on the other side of the glass door.

I have to confess that there wasn’t anyone in any of our offices who didn’t see the humor in the situation and the Senator’s Staff Assistant was more than willing to admit that he didn’t feel any more secure after the system had been put in place than he had felt before its installation.

Sadly, many people do go through life seeking security in all the wrong places only to find that the measures they’ve taken don’t provide any real defense against the dangers, trials, and frustrations which life inherently holds.  While it may be tempting to cling to only those things which we can see (family, friends, a retirement account, or a good job), Scripture is clear: only the God who loved us enough to die for us is capable of providing us with true security!

Thought for the Day: In what have you placed your trust?