A Safe Place
Romans 8:31: What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
2 Chronicles 16:9a: For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. . . .
Psalms 27:1: The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
Psalms 56:4: In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.
Psalms 56:9: When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.
Isaiah 41:10: Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
Pastor Dan Lupton said that the safest place for us is in the center of the circle of God*s will. This article was written by brother in the Lord George Whitten.
Do you have a safe place?
Psalm 118:6 The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?
As some of you may know, a bomb exploded in a bus within blocks of our Jerusalem apartment when we first moved to Israel. That morning, my wife and I, along with our newborn baby, were heading to the city center to run a few errands when suddenly we heard the explosion. Within minutes, the sirens were screaming from every part of the city as officials quickly made their way to the scene. Later that month, the bus I was supposed to be on drove away as I watched it carry away the 50 or so people who would be critically injured and the 8 who would be dead seconds later, when that bus exploded before my very eyes. So, to put it mildly, we have seen firsthand how terrorism works and how it affects people.
People ask us all the time -- *Aren*t you afraid to be living in Israel these days?* Truth be told, there aren*t too many safe places in this world anymore, are there? However, there is one very safe place we have found, and it*s the very safest place there is. You may have heard of it -- it*s called *God*s perfect will*. We should all be striving to make our home there for the rest of our earthly days.
We may be afraid to go to those places or do those things that God may be calling us today. It could be to share your God-given talents in some far away land, and it could be across the street to help a neighbor. Whatever the case may be, it*s easy to get wrapped up in other people*s fear, anxiety and criticism. But we have a choice. We can either give in to those fears or stand for the Lord and choose what has called us to do.
Let*s submit all our fears to the Lord today and choose the latter. I want to live in the will of God, don*t you? He will not leave our side when we step forward to do great things for Him!