Read: Mark 10:17-22
Corrie ten Boom became a hero to the people who grew up after World War II. She survived the Nazi occupation of Netherlands and she told how she depended on God during those years of terrible suffering. She once said, “I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that, I still possess.” Corrie had lost family, belongings, and precious years of her life. Still she learned to concentrate on what could be gained emotionally and spiritually by entrusting everything in the hands of her heavenly Father.
What should we place in God’s hands for security? In Mark 10:1-16, Jesus spoke of the need to love God fully and without any reservation. The young man, in fact, loved his earthly possessions more (Mark 10:22). When Jesus asked him to give it up, he refused. Because of his love for wealth, he kept his possessions and he failed to follow Jesus. As a result, he went away sorrowful (Mark 10:22).
In His teaching, Jesus had warned, “No servant can serve two masters; … You cannot serve God and mammon” (Luke 16:13). The young man’s actions illustrated this principle. Paul the apostle also warned of the subtle trap of earthly riches (1 Tim. 6:17-19). Like Corrie ten Boom, we can find true rest by entrusting everything in God’s hands and trusting Him for the outcome. A person’s life becomes secure when s/he surrenders to God wholly.