I read an article on the internet about what lengths some people are going to in order to guarantee their safety in the worst of times. It was literally amazing. You might think it would be like a safe house for a just-in-case scenario. That would be enough to satisfy most people, but these structures were more like some of the fancy get-aways you see advertised. They not only were totally underground and totally camouflaged they had all the amenities of a fancy home. They had a garden, swimming pool, golf course and several garages and I had to wonder if they ever expected to come back to the surface. I also wondered if they would ever be sold or even be used, but who am I to comprehend these things. And logically it isn’t the answer for any but the very richest.
Is there any sensible way to provide safety in these days? I’m afraid that entirely too many of us look to the natural world to answer that question even knowing that there will be no place to hide or even exist when things begin to really fall apart. Since the dawn of Creationthere has always been the possibility that this world as we know it would self-destruct. For those who will listen however, and take it to heart there has always been a perfect answer. Our Creator will return and provide for those who love Him, a beautiful home in the beautiful world He originally envisioned.
Not only will He provide, but He will gather us in His arms; His Word tells us so. And He took them up in His arms, laid His hands on them, and blessed them (Mark 10:16). It is true in this instance that He was referring to the little children, but to Jesus we are all children.
Even before Jesus actually walked this earth God made known to His children where they could be assured of safety. Moses made sure the people knew that The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms (Deuteronomy 33:27). Also the wise men who wrote the book of Proverbs declared that The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe(29:25).
Those of us who grew up in a church environment were told at an early age that we could totally put our trust in our Creator. His Word was a promise understood and passed on to us by the Psalmist – Godguides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way(25:9).
Today as we live in the midst of and surrounded by evil that is striving to totally encompass this world, we need to know we have a refuge. It is not found in a place of hiding, but rather in a place of acceptance, completely aware of who and where our souls are protected. It is not something simply written in a book that we can accept or not as we choose, but something lived out in the life and death of Jesus Christ, a Savior sent to earth by our Creator to grant us the assurance of His love and the security we will find only in Him.
We were exposed early in life to David and his love for the sheep he tended and how he earnestly defended and protected them. It was a simple example to little children who had yet to grow into the fullness and knowledge of a Creator who would always be jealous for His creation. What do we do with this knowledge as adults; we pursue life with the full assurance that the Creator who loved us still loves us and will protect us if we continue to let Him.
O Love that wilt not let me go, I rest my weary soul in Thee;
I give Thee back the life I owe, that in life’s ocean depths its flow may richer, fuller be.