Safety is a tricky topic. For some, they never feel safe. They look around with fear and doubt, certain that evil is lurking and ready to get them. Sometimes these fears are based in history. And letting go of that painful past is scary. Learning to trust again? That is one tough challenge when there are so many layers of hurt to remind you of what you’ve experienced.
While I struggle sometimes with my own doubts and fears, there are many times that I feel absolutely and unequivocally safe. That safety is not based on life necessarily going my way. No, it is when I am fully conscious of my need to completely and utterly trust in the goodness and sovereignty of God, upholding me and shielding me from evil. It is not an absent-minded nuance of life. It is nearly tangible. There is a security and peace of heart and mind that is mine only when I am wholly placing my life in the hands of One who knows me best, and knows what is best for me. When I have relinquished my control and surrendered it to my heavenly Father.
My security does not depend on my grasping or clinging, but rather my resting. It is when I relinquish my own hold on my life and deliver it into the hands of God for His safe-keeping.
David found rest in the LORD God even when running for his very life. He knew that Saul could not touch his life apart from God’s plan. Even when running up and down and around the mountain, or hiding in a cave, that cave was as good as a fully fortified fortress. No one could touch him–he was under God’s care and protection.
New King James Version (NKJV)
Safety of Abiding in the Presence of God
91 He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”
3 Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler
And from the perilous pestilence.
4 He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
5 You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
6 Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.
7 A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
8 Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
10 No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
11 For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
12 In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13 You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.
14 “Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
16 With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.”New King James Version(NKJV)
In Daniel 3, King Nebuchadnezzar tried to test three faithful Hebrew men when they refused to worship the king’s golden statue. They knew the consequences of disobeying the king, but they answered the king with tremendous faith and confidence in their God for salvation…
16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17 If the God we serve is able to deliver us, then he will deliver us from the blazing furnace and from Your Majesty’s hand.18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up. ”
And when the king looked into the fiery furnace, he was surprised to see four men, and the fourth looked like “the Son of God.” The young men, although they were facing certain death, trusted and rested in their God to save them, whether it was through a miracle or through their death.
Can we say that? That when push comes to shove and we must make that tough decision, will we choose to allow the Lord God to make the choice and trust in His sovereign plan? Will we let go of that rope and let His arms enfold us in safety? No matter the cost?