Posted by: glorifyhim1 | January 17, 2015

Somewhere Safe

Somewhere Safe

 

Presently, I’m reading a book by one of my favorite fiction writers, Jan Karon. The book is the latest in her Mitford Series and is entitled “Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good.” While I’ll refrain from explaining what this title refers to since someone else out there may also be reading this book, the title did get me to thinking. Where is my somewhere safe place?

 

Merriam-Webster defines the adjective safe as “not able or likely to be hurt or harmed in any way, not in danger.” One evening spent listening to the nightly news doesn’t give us much hope of finding a safe place, does it? Our safety is threatened on our highways, airways, and railways. Accounts of home invasions, robberies, and physical assaults increase our worries of personal attacks and dangers. And as acts of terrorism run rampant worldwide, we can’t help but wonder about our safety. Is there really a place where we can feel totally, completely safe?

 

There are lots of verses in the Bible about safety. One of my favorites is Psalm 4:8: “I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” One thing that generally eludes a worried, anxious person is sleep. Yet, David, who certainly experienced his share of worries and troubles was able to “lie down in peace, and sleep.” But even more, David declared: “For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” When we dwell somewhere, that’s where we live or stay. We’re not here today and gone tomorrow. It’s where we settle down and abide. In this tiny verse, David acknowledges his safe place – the Lord Himself. No matter what troubles assail David, he is content that he is in the loving Presence of his Lord.

 

I’ve heard it said that the safest place to be is in the will of God. Yet, sometimes those fully accepting of God’s purpose and plan for their lives discover pain, heartache, and suffering. The trials and tribulations we face here on earth are not limited to those who turn from or defy God. We are all subject to the sin and suffering of this fallen world, but as long as God tarries His coming and offers us His grace, mercy, and forgiveness, we all have the same invitation to find our place of safety in Him.

 

When we place our trust in Jesus Christ, we surrender all that we are to Him. Our lives are in His hands – whatever trials or tribulations, whatever happiness or joy – we abide in Him, our safe place. It reminds me of the old hymn “Near to the Heart of God” written by Cleland B. McAfee.

 There is a place of quiet rest,

near to the heart of God;

a place where sin cannot molest,

near to the heart of God.

O Jesus, blest Redeemer,

sent from the heart of God,

hold us who wait before thee

near to the heart of God.

There is a place of comfort sweet,

near to the heart of God;

a place where we our Savior meet,

near to the heart of God.

There is a place of full release,

near to the heart of God;

a place where all is joy and peace,

near to the heart of God.

Yes, we live in a fallen, sinful, and troubled world, but there is One who offers refuge, comfort, joy, and peace even in the midst of the myriad difficulties we face. The troubles we endure here cannot touch or destroy the promise and victory that we have in Christ Jesus. He shelters us with His Presence, walks with us through our battles, and covers us with His mercy and grace – we dwell safely in Him. I can never thank my Lord enough for drawing me to Him, walking with me day by day, and helping me to know that in Him I am somewhere safe.

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

(Romans 8:38-39)

 

 

Note: If you do not know Christ, you can find safety in Him. Please read “How to Be Saved” –  https://glorifyinghim.wordpress.com/how-can-i-be-saved/

 

 

 

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