Safety in the Lord

“But whoever listens to me will dwell secure and will be at ease, without dread of disaster” (Proverbs 1:33).

The first chapter of Proverbs lays out a plan for living: fear the Lord and honor Him with your life. When God adopts us as His children, He calls us to turn from darkness and walk in His light (1 Peter 2:9). We need to make a clean break from the path of destructive behavior and thereafter walk in God’s light. In adopting us, God promises to take care of us, help fight our battles, and bring us safely into His eternal kingdom (1 Peter 5:10). He will supply our needs (Matthew 6:33; Philippians 4:19) and protect us from the evil one (2 Thessalonians 3:3). Thus God provides us a marvelous plan for our lives. He proves He can be trusted and relied upon.

Yet many Christians seem to sink under the weight of their mounting problems, and then they worry about times to come. They learn to dread the future rather than approach it with confidence. In doing so, they rob themselves of God’s precious promises that He will take care of us and never leave us (Hebrews 13:5). Christians cannot remain strong in the battle if they forget God’s promises and they begin to rely on themselves. God designed our lives to be lived in joy and confident reliance on the trustworthy Word of the Lord.

Jesus was quite clear when He said, “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart: I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). Jesus promises that His children will overcome the world in that they believe in Him (1 John 5:4-5). We are safe in the Lord. We need not become frightened by the gathering storm clouds that seem to bring evil tidings. On the surface, we do not lack reasons to fear. We need only look at the news to see things that could make us fearful. We daily hear of wars and rumors of war, and also must deal with the ongoing struggles of life. We ask, “What shall I do?” or, “Where can I turn?” Commit your fears and worries to the One who saved you. If He saved you, will He fail to freely provide you with His very best (Romans 8:32)?

If we focus on what we see with our eyes or hear with our ears, we, like Peter, will sink under the weight of our own fears (Matthew 14:30). God paints a marvelous picture of the future, and even the present. Paul’s attitude was if he lived it was in Christ, but to die is gain (Philippians 1:21). He wins both ways, and so do you.

If you have grown despondent because of life’s events, do not despair: God has not forsaken you. Trust in His promises and keep serving Him; you will not be disappointed. In your hour of need, God will come to your aid with great provision and an abundance of safety. The future looks bright for every child of God, though the evil one would like to rob us of that security. Trust in God and give Him your very best. In your hour of need, God will come through for you and you will praise Him for His loving provision.

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