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Insecurity

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Lack of security, often in relation to one’s future or to one’s present position. All human life is insecure, but the future of sinners is particularly dangerous and real security is found only in God.

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The insecurity of human life

Isaiah 40:6–8 NASB95
A voice says, “Call out.” Then he answered, “What shall I call out?” All flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. The grass withers, the flower fades, When the breath of the Lord blows upon it; Surely the people are grass. The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever.
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The insecurity of the sinner’s life

Psalm 37:1–2 NASB95
Do not fret because of evildoers, Be not envious toward wrongdoers. For they will wither quickly like the grass And fade like the green herb.
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The insecurity of the rich

1 Timothy 6:17 NASB95
Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy.
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Examples of behaviour motivated by insecurity

Saul’s vendetta against David

1 Samuel 18:6–12 NASB95
It happened as they were coming, when David returned from killing the Philistine, that the women came out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul, with tambourines, with joy and with musical instruments. The women sang as they played, and said, “Saul has slain his thousands, And David his ten thousands.” Then Saul became very angry, for this saying displeased him; and he said, “They have ascribed to David ten thousands, but to me they have ascribed thousands. Now what more can he have but the kingdom?” Saul looked at David with suspicion from that day on. Now it came about on the next day that an evil spirit from God came mightily upon Saul, and he raved in the midst of the house, while David was playing the harp with his hand, as usual; and a spear was in Saul’s hand. Saul hurled the spear for he thought, “I will pin David to the wall.” But David escaped from his presence twice. Now Saul was afraid of David, for the Lord was with him but had departed from Saul.
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Assassination of political rivals

2 Kings 11:1 NASB95
When Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she rose and destroyed all the royal offspring.
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True security is to be found in God alone

Proverbs 14:26 NASB95
In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, And his children will have refuge.
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