Psalm 71:3-5 “Be thou my strong habitation, whereunto I may continually resort: thou hast given commandment to save me; for thou art my rock and my fortress. Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked, out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man. For thou art my hope, O Lord GOD: thou art my trust from my youth.”
The human mind and body can only sustain so much before it begins to shut down. We all have within us, mechanisms to survive. They are the places we go to for safety.
Many victims of abuse have either a physical or mental ‘safe place’ to which they escape. It is in that place they can shut out the anger, pain, the loud voices, degradation, humiliation, and remove themselves from feeling further damage.
Each of us has a breaking point. A time when we say ‘enough’.
For those without God, they are dependent on their will and their character to get them through. Others escape to addictive behavior to numb the pain; only to find the problem waiting for them when they return to reality.
A child, when frightened, will run to their parents for shelter – unless it’s their parents from whom they need shelter. When we feel like there is no one that seems to care for our soul, God is there.
The Bible mentions the phrases, “under His wings”, “in His arms”, “a shelter”, “a fortress”, “my deliverer”, “my high tower”, “my shield and my buckler”. All of them depict God as my ‘safe place’.
Would to God that everyone who names the name of Christ, would have that assurance of the place they have in God! That no matter what trials or temptations come, we would know where to turn and then to take others that do not see or understand with us as well.
There is nothing that we go through that others have not faced.
1 Corinthians 10:13 “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”
Relying on the faithfulness of God takes faith on our part. The psalmist begins this psalm with:
Psalm 71:1 “In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion.”
We are sometimes confused, distant, and disoriented from our place with God. It is not some sudden event that drops us into such trouble. It is the little things; the small decisions that pull us away.
In our faith-based addiction program, RU Recovery, we have a principle:
“Small compromises lead to great disasters, or little sins lead to big sins”
Sometimes when the waves overtake us, we need to reach out for help. God uses and utilizes human elements to guide us through to Himself. We have Jesus’ promise:
John 12:32 “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.”
Often, when we get away from God, we feel as if we are operating in the dark; grasping and groping for a way out. We sometimes fail to see that the way to safety is marked by His Word. Others know that God is there but cannot quite reach that place of peace and rest.
Much of what the world offers as ‘help’ is no help at all – they only treat the symptoms; whereas God is the cure.
When God becomes all that you have, you will find that He is all that you need! As His child, you have every promise of His protection, His provision, and His power. His love for His children is unwavering. It is constant and everlasting. His promises are true and worthy of our trust.
If you are out on the ocean of trouble, know that there is a safe haven – a haven of rest in Christ Jesus. The price was paid on Calvary for you and me to find the ‘safe place’ promised us by God. When you’ve found it, it will be home for your soul.