For He will command His angels concerning you,
To guard you in all your ways.
When Malia and Sasha Obama walked the streets of New York this summer, they seemed to effortlessly blend in with the rest of New York; they ate out at crowded restaurants, they refused preferential treatment in public places, and Malia Obama even interned for HBO’s Girls. It was a normal summer in the city for two teenage girls, well minus one minor (major) detail. At least six security agents followed the President’s daughters at all times.
The First Daughters have tons of security at home, too (well, obviously…their home is the White House after all). So much so, that it was the Secret Service that taught Malia Obama to drive; not even her own mother, the First Lady, was allowed to be in the car with Malia due to security protocol.
Because they are the daughters of the President of the United States, Sasha and Malia’s well-being is top priority for several individuals day in and day out. Their needs are meticulously addressed. Anticipated, even. They are fiercely protected (follow too closely behind their motorcade and watch the White House shut down). Other than perhaps that of the President, no one’s well-being is of higher priority than that of Sasha or Malia Obama.
What if, for a brief moment, we took the advice of best-selling author and preacher Francis Chan, and truly and honestly believed that the Bible was real. Well if we did that, then we’d have to believe that the words God spoke, eloquently captured in psalm, are 100% true…
“Because she has loved Me, therefore I will deliver her;
I will set her securely on high, because she has known My name.
“She will call upon Me, and I will answer her;
I will be with her in trouble;
I will rescue her and honor her.”
If then Bible is true, then because you are a child of God, a daughter of the King, you are afforded security that is unrivaled. No Secret Service can compare to the protection God provides His daughters. The all powerful, all knowing, ever present Creator of this world is looking out for you, even when it doesn’t seem like He’s there. Even when the fear sets in and you forget who your Father is.
It’s hard to live like the Bible is true, isn’t it? It’s hard when you’re feeling afraid of your future to remember that God Himself is acting as your Secret Service (unlike President Obama, God can trust that job to no one else). It’s hard to remember that He’s already gone before you and mapped out your route and scanned it for unexpected dangers. It’s hard to remember when you’re sleeping alone at night with a bat underneath your bed and seemingly no one is around to protect you that you can call upon God, and He will answer you and secure you because you are his daughter. And don’t think for a minute that I have this all figured out, because I don’t. I struggle with fear of the unknown. My mind invents the worst possible scenario, and I live in fear of things that have never happened and may never happen. There are even situations in which I’m afraid to completely surrender to God when He is the One I should trust most and Who has my best interest at heart. And so I understand. That’s why I’m so grateful that God continues to remind me that I’m his child, and I have nothing to fear.
Sasha and Malia Obama have lived almost eight years with security that could make anyone fearless. But if the Bible is true and we really are daughters of the King, we can live fearlessly too. We can approach each day with confidence because we know our Father has already mapped out our way and has directed His messengers to provide us with even more assistance. Because we are daughters of the King, we can pursue our purpose knowing that He is going to make sure that we complete it. We don’t need to live in fear of the unknown or in fear of failure.
This week, remember that you’re secure. You’re protected. You’re royalty. There’s infinite security in your redemption. Leave the fear behind and live with boldness. After all, you know Who your Father is…
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