The Word's Christian Fellowship, Inc.
#130 Security?                                                                                                  September 4, 2016

We endeavor to trust God ¾ first, foremost and primarily ¾ to help us to steward and take care of the properties that belong to The Word’s Christian Fellowship, Inc. We also have one of those fancy electronic after-the-fact intruder alert systems in our building. It has become popular in recent years to call them “security” systems. There are electronic seals on the doors and windows. There are motion detectors in different areas. The system doesn’t provide any security ¾ just after-the-fact notification.

Supposedly the system will provide us with the information we need after something has occurred. Supposedly the system will alert us to an intruder after the intruder has intruded or tried to intrude. After an intruder has already intruded or tried to intrude, a siren blares and various telephone calls are electronically dialed and a prerecorded message is played to the recipient.

One evening last week the alarm went off. The siren blared. The calls were made and the prerecorded message was delivered. Within minutes someone was at the building. Everything was checked and double checked. No threat or problem could be found. It was an equipment failure. It was a false alarm. We had been provided with false, misleading, time-wasting information.

God provided Moses with a before-the-fact intruder alert shortly after Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt.

Exodus 14:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
2 Speak unto the children of Israel, that they turn and encamp before Pihahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, over against Baalzephon: before it shall ye encamp by the sea.
3 For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in.
4 And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, that he shall follow after them; and I will be honoured upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host; that the Egyptians may know that I am the LORD. And they did so.

God told Moses about Pharoah’s plans before Pharoah had even made them. God told Moses about the intruder and his planned intrusion before the intrusion ever took place.

5 And it was told the king of Egypt that the people fled: and the heart of Pharaoh and of his servants was turned against the people, and they said, Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us?
6 And he made ready his chariot, and took his people with him:
7 And he took six hundred chosen chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt, and captains over every one of them.
8 And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued after the children of Israel: and the children of Israel went out with an high hand.
9 But the Egyptians pursued after them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army, and overtook them encamping by the sea, beside Pihahiroth, before Baalzephon.

If you’ve read the record in Exodus you know that Pharaoh and his army ended up taking a dip in the Red Sea from which they never returned.

I think knowing about an emergency before the emergency takes place is better than being informed after it has already happened ¾ and most certainly better than receiving false, inaccurate, time-wasting information.

Psalms 20:7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.

                                                   © Stephen A. Harrison  The Word’s Christian Fellowship, Inc.  4415 Yank Road  Wilson, NC 27893