The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
In a thorn-cursed world of jeopardy, "safety is of the Lord" (Proverbs 21:31).
Certainly we lock our doors, avoid obvious danger, and do everything we can by our plans and our hands to remain safe. Such precaution is a part of safety being "of the Lord" as He leads and enables us to cooperate with His working. However, at the end of the day - and at its beginning - our security rests solely in the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. "The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runneth into it and is safe" (Proverbs 18:10). Our Father loves to care for His children with a concern and compassion beyond any loving devotion we can imagine. "Like as a father pitieth (has compassion) on his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear Him" (Psalm 103:13).
However, our Heavenly Father also knows our present need for trouble to come our way, and to sometimes directly challenge us. "We must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God" (Acts 14:22). Sometimes He maintains the hedge around us to prevent harm. Sometimes He allows trouble to breach the barrier. As the saying goes, He either delivers us from our challenge, or He delivers us in our challenge. Either way, believers are safe in Christ because our Father has promised that the blessedness of wounds avoided has a place in our walk with Him. And, the blessedness of wounds received also fits into His perfect purpose in our lives. The familiar and beloved assurance of Romans 8:28 meets along this pathway of peace: "For we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose" (Romans 8:28).
We are "hid with Christ in God" (Colossians 3:3). How safe is that? Perfectly safe. Thus, we may set sail from the harbor in this day to make our journey with complete assurance in waters both calm or roiled. Whether guarded from flying arrows, or wounded by them, we are safe in Christ because our Father is wise enough, powerful enough, present enough, involved enough, and loving enough to fit all things into the eternal good of conforming us to the image of the Lord Jesus. Now that is safety.
"This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles."
"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble."
Weekly Memory Verse
"The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runneth into it and is safe."