Building walls?

Building walls for security has been in practice for thousands of years. We have had security walls around Jerusalem, medieval walls around Zurich and other cities in ancient Europe, and until recently the Berlin Wall divided the German nation. The Great Wall of China still straddles that subcontinent. In my home country of South Africa, the idea of building walls around suburbs that experience a high crime rate has been discussed.

Security must have been in the Psalmist's thought when he wrote, "Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling" (Ps. 91:9, 10). This implies that real security is not to be found in matter, within high walls or with armed guards, but in trusting God to care for us and in consciously abiding in Him, divine Love. Material weapons or walls are not a genuine source of security, though they may seem helpful at times. True security is based on an understanding of man's relation to God as His spiritual offspring, or idea, and of the nature of real being, which is wholly good.

I fill the void
June 26, 1995

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