Deuteronomy 33:27 “The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.”
Psalm 91:1 “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.”
Peace. Hope. Love.
If you were to watch the news today, you would be hard pressed to find any peace, any hope, or any love. Sadly, many will go to churches this weekend only to find sermons on the fluff, or social ills, or the preacher’s pet peeves; void of messages of peace, hope or love.
God in His word is far from the attitude of rosy, flowery, or feel good. Much of the Old Testament is filled with war, bloodshed and death. He is decidedly against sin… but for the sinner. But God also is for peace, love, joy and hope that only He can bring. That balance has been described to me as ‘steel and velvet’.
People are looking for something safe; something trustworthy. Many that have looked to their government have found it corrupt, selfish and drunk with power. Others have thought to protest to advocate a majority to change society and its ills. Still others have tried to escape to for a better world.
Ayn Rand in ‘Atlas Shrugged’, gave a glimpse into a quiet rebellion against the social evils by removing yourself and forming a whole new world. There will come a ‘world order’ one day. When God calls His children home in the rapture, the Antichrist will come and set up what will seem like the Utopia everyone is seeking. Only, in the end, they will find bondage and death.
So, what is the answer? Where is peace? Where does one find hope? Is there any love left in this world?
Many have run to so many different places. Some choose to take temporary escape routes. Exercise or health; entertainment and amusement; or some addictive activity that seems to ease the reality that we suffer from such lack of those things our soul craves.
God steps in and says that in Him, you will find all those things – and more abundantly!
We are pursued by an enemy – He says;
Psalm 91:4 “He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.”
Psalm 144:2 “My goodness, and my fortress; my high tower, and my deliverer; my shield, and he in whom I trust; who subdueth my people under me.”
God never promised we would be void of any trials or tribulations. He never said we would never face tragedy, sadness, and death. He did promise that we will make it through. He did promise that we would not be alone. He did promise we would be fully equipped to handle whatever it was that we would face.
Many who are abused, seek shelter physically, emotionally, or mentally. They call it their ‘safe place’. It is their coping mechanism for the horrors they are facing. Everyone of us has a ‘safe place’ we go to when things become overwhelming. Some need the help of others to get there because we feel weak, inadequate, unworthy or just plain exhausted.
The ‘everlasting arms‘ are there to catch you, to hold you, to comfort you and to shield you. We just need to run to Him for what it is we lack. As a mother bird covers her young under the shelter of her wings, God has a covering for us when we come to Him. He longs to be our safe place; our high tower, our shield, our buckler, our haven of rest.
In this world we will have trouble.
John 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
Jesus has already overcome any and all that we will face in this world. He begs us to come to Him for the shelter we so badly desire.
Matthew 11:28 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”
As you read this last passage today, think of those waters; the pastures so green and lush. Be like John – so close to Jesus he laid his head on His breast for rest.
Psalm 23:1-6 “A Psalm of David. The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.”
Allow your Heavenly Father to be your safe place.