Philip Poniz discovered that “safe” doesn’t mean safe.

He had a collection of rare watches. He did not like keeping them at his house, so he rented a safety deposit box at his bank. The bank held a key, and he had a key. It took both keys to open the box.

Thirty-four years later, Poniz went to the bank to check his collection. He inserted his key, as did the bank manager. He lifted the lid.

It was empty.

“My impression about safe deposit boxes was that it was like you were putting things in Fort Knox,” he said. “Nothing could happen to it.”

We want to find something that stays secure. Mankind longs for that sense of security.

Jesus noted security is not what we it seems.

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19–21)

Nothing held on earth secure. Homes get blown away. Economic downturns steal fortunes. Accidents rob you of health.

Only obedience to God and the good done in his name have real value.

Don’t think things make you secure. Turn a life toward God’s will and find the security you crave.

-Robert G. Taylor-