Life Preserver

What – or rather, Whom – is your life preserver?

It’s an important question. After all, if you’re betting your whole life on another human being, or are pinning all of your dreams on some big accomplishment (getting a promotion at work, or succeeding in some other endeavor), then you may be in for a rough ride. The Bible speaks clearly on this:


I picked the image for today’s verse very intentionally. Where you place your trust (and “take refuge,” according to this passage from Psalm 118) is also where you place the very hope of your life.

So I’ll ask it again. Do you have a life preserver – some external person or accomplishment for whom you are staking all of your present and future hopes, or have you experienced the true Life Preserver – the only Person who promises to never ever fail you?

After all, according to Proverbs 29:25 (HCSB),

The fear of man is a snare, but the one who trusts in the Lord is protected.

Protected. I like that. After all, that is the very function of a life preserver, no? It protects your very life. This is what God does for us, too.

Dear Lord Jesus, I thank You for being my true Life Preserver. Remind me to allow the following life principles to guide my interactions each day:

  • Fear You alone;
  • Trust only the wise and discerning;
  • Love my neighbors; and
  • Show respect and kindness to all.

Thank Your for safeguarding my life. In Your name I pray, Amen.

4 thoughts on “Life Preserver

  1. Who is my life preserver? I love that question! Anyone besides Christ as our life preserver will let us down. I have tried to put people there and He reminds me that it is a sin and borders on idolatry. “On Christ the solid Rock I stand all other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand.” Love this!

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