There is no safer place for us than with God. He has been called a refuge, a rock, a deliverer and redeemer. He has been faithful, time and time again to rescue and forgive and love us. We have been talking about safety when it comes to sharing your heart, and in that sense as well, God is the ultimate safe place.
Sometimes when we hear the word “safe”, we think of being cozy and comfortable, protected from all of the evil in the world. And really, we know that isn’t what God promises us at all. Be honest, if you actually think about the people who have served God wholeheartedly throughout the centuries, they were rarely comfortable. They were rarely our “cozy” definition of safe. But even in all of the danger and discomfort, they were completely at peace in the safety of being a follower of God.
That kind of safe draws strength from these kind of promises:
The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? - Psalm 118:6
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me. - Psalm 23:4
And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. - Matthew 10:28
We are completely safe in that God sees us and knows us and cares about us. And yet, he calls us to dangerous things regularly. He wants us to be extraordinary people, an example to the world of what he can do with a heart fully surrendered to him.
In our culture especially, danger isn’t supposed to be the norm. Our view of danger is skewed by the expectation that we will be bodily safe. That isn’t the case for all believers. If we can understand the immense privilege we have to believe what we want to, maybe when God asks us to share our stories, or preach the good news, or reject the status quo, it won’t seem like as huge of a deal.
I like to ask people what God is currently doing in their lives. You’d be surprised how many say they don’t know! But, really, if you are a Christian, that means the Holy Spirit is in you. And the Holy Spirit is a counselor, a helper, and a teacher. If you are really a Christian, the Holy Spirit is at work doing something. If you don’t know what he is doing, it is time for you to start paying attention and figure it out.
And ask yourself these questions: