By Marni Montanez
New Living Translation (NLT)
2 This I declare about the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him.
Where is your safe place? Daily we are bombarded with news about destruction, greed and death. On every side we see the horrendous effectsof evil taking over.
From the beginning of creation Satan has devised every way possible to take over the world and be worshipped by all. he has used people to do unspeakable acts of violence, and caused complacency in the hearts of many. Things that once made us gasp in disbelief now hardly affect us. This world is turning into a place of terror. But remember Egypt. Remember how God judged them with frogs, blood in water and locusts and finally with the death of their first born. Yet with all these plagues and destruction, the Israelites remained safe in His will. They were not directly affected as the Egyptians were. Egypt has been described as a type of the world and we as Christians are like the Israelites and pharaoh has been a type of Satan. His ultimate goal has always been to be god; to be all wise, all knowing.
But, as the father of lies, he denied the ultimate power who would stop him at every strike of his sword; The God of all gods who is the very essence of power and wisdom. the devil chose to fight against He who put everything in its place and whose word does not return void.
Jesus has remained the victor and still has full power and authority. We as Christians are subject to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and only to Him. So in those times where it seems the world is falling apart and things are spinning out of control, the question is not, “what’s going to happen to us?” or “what are we going to do when this happens or that happens”? The question is always “Are we going to trust God in all situations”? Jesus really did die on the cross so that we would be saved. And saved covers all areas. God is our safe place; our refuge and deliverer.
We each need to find our safe place under the umbrella of our Lord. We need to trust that he is able to hold us up in the most dire of circumstances and keep us protected when the rains of hell pour upon us with its evil intent to destroy.
I challenge you now to believe that you are safe in the arms of our God. I challenge you to ask God to show you what it is to be safe in Him.
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.