The Safest Place
In peace I both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety. (Psalm 4:8, ESV)
It is a commercial that always tugs at my heart. Scenes of children and teens looking for a safe place to sleep on the streets, seeking shelter and safety in a world that has not been a safe place for them, where it’s better for them to be on the street than it is in their own homes. As the commercial says for only .63 cents a day, $19 dollars a month, we can help provide a safe place for those who are not in a safe place or position.
If you look up the word “safe” in your Bible, no matter what version of the Bible you use most often, you are likely to find several if not dozens of passages that list the word safe or synonyms. All point to finding safety in God or Jesus. They will lead us to passages that describe our Triune God as our safe place to go or to be. When we are safe it means we are “protected from or not exposed to danger or risk, not likely to be harmed or lost.” God wants to be that Person and Presence for us. He invites us to find safety in him. It is under his care, being sheltered by him that we can find the protection we need from the dangers of this world and the forces of darkness and evil that seek to harm us to the very core of our being.
By ourselves we can do the best we can to keep safe. Human safety can only go so far, but in God there is a safety the world cannot provide, a safe place the devil cannot penetrate or withstand. When we have God as our safe place the storms of life cannot destroy or damage us beyond healing or restoration. Let’s Pray,
We are reminded Lord, that this world has many dangers. We seek safety but at times not even our best attempts work. Thank you for promising to be our safe place, that needed protection from life storms and the forces of darkness that come after us. Amen
Reflective Questions for Soul-Tending:
Have you found safety in God when the world is proving not to be?
How will you incorporate today’s message into your plan of self and soul-care?