Monday, September 13, 2010

Jesus is...a safe place

Do you have a safe place? Do you have somewhere safe to run to when all else seems scary, overwhelming, foreign, and too much to handle?

Humans have tried to create all sorts of "safe places" - spouses, private islands, bodyguards, home alarm systems, special friendships, meditation, church buildings, etc. And yet we are still haunted. "In this world you will have trouble..." (Jn 16.13).

safe - adjective
1. secure from liability to harm, injury, danger, or risk
2. free from hurt, injury, danger, or risk
3. involving little or no risk of mishap, error, etc.
4. dependable or trustworthy
5. careful to avoid danger or controversy

Concerning definition #1, let me just make an observation: this is impossible in the world as we now know it. Which makes definition #2 also impossible. And #3 is pretty much impossible, too. I guess definition #5 is possible, but leads to a paranoid & fearful life.

What about definition #4: to be dependable or trustworthy? Proverbs 18 tells of such a person: "The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe." Note the capital L, capital O, capital R, capital D - this is Yahweh, the LORD of Lords! I know of no safer person. "He guided them safely, so they were unafraid" (Ps 73:53).

To be unafraid does not mean the absence of fearful things or scary people or a frightening world. It simply describes a soul guided safely by the LORD. Which makes me wonder if the above definitions are actually possible when we're talking about your soul in His hands. In Jesus, your soul is "secure from liability to harm, injury, danger, or risk." Your soul is "free from hurt, injury, danger, or risk." Your soul is safe.

Jesus is a safe place.
Is He yours?

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