Sunday, March 28, 2010

A Place of Safety

For a time in his young life, my husband resided with an Uncle and his wife. Living out in the country they had chickens but no chicken house or pen for their flock. His uncle built the chickens a kind of ladder on a tree that the hens could use to climb up at night. As it began to get dark and night was close, the chickens would climb the ladder and roost in the tree to protect themselves from the wild animals. There they felt safe and secure from harm.

I am reminded of a flood we had here in our area a few years back. The highway in many places was covered with water as were many homes. The newspaper showed a photo of some cows that had reached an overpass which was the highest ground they could find. They had found a safe place where they could be secure until they were later rescued.

In the Bible, Jesus told a story that directed a person to understand the best place to build a safe dwelling. A foolish person would build their house upon the sand perhaps in order to get a nice ocean view. However in a storm the winds and the waves would wash away his home and the builder would loose it all. Jesus continued by saying that a wise person would build his house upon a rock, because there he would be secure and safe from all the storms of life.

In Sunday school we often would sing a little song about this story and the last verse said in effect to: “Build Your Life on the Lord Jesus Christ and when the storms of life come your way you will stand firm because Jesus is our rock.”

So in this life we seek a safe place to find rest and peace. That protected place is in Jesus Christ for He is the answer for our safety now and eternally. If you have not already done so, do it today. Make Jesus the Lord of your life and build your life upon HIM. He is that Place of Safety.

I am reminded of some scriptures that give us comfort and assurance of our safety in Jesus.

Proverbs 18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous run into it, and are safe.

Proverbs 29:25 The fear of man brings a snare: but whoso puts his trust in the LORD shall be safe.

Psalms 9:9 The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.

Psalms 27:5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.

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