John 10:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
I remember back to my very first week on the job with the State of VA . There were so many codes, laws, and details to learn for my new position. The government set extremely high standards for its employees. However, there was one co-worker who took me under her wing and coached me carefully. I did quite well in some areas, but not so well in others.
When Vern would review my logs, she pointed out my errors and suggested different strategies. Even with all her critique, there were times I felt overwhelmed. I would leave feeling defeated. Sometimes believing ….I’m in over my head. How will I ever learn all of this stuff! Especially every time I looked at the shelves filled with all of those code and law books.
Then one day Vern took me aside. “Look,” she said, “you’re learning. Just keep going. You’ll start winning. Meanwhile, “your position is secure”. You’re one of us.” Those words were exactly what I needed to hear.
Have you ever experienced this kind of compassion when you were feeling hopeless? If we’re believers, we have. The Lord has taken us aside and said, “Yeah, you’ve made some mistakes, but don’t worry — your position is secure.
Know that God has provided your security today. Rest assured in Him — and be sure to convey that same kind of compassion to struggling siblings in the faith. All of us need to be reassured once in a while.