The Place of Safety (Proverbs 18:10)

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 Many people have an obsession for safety. A wealthy Australian in the 1930s, dismayed by signs that a global conflict was inevitable, decided to find a safe place to live. He chose a tiny island in the Pacific called Guadalcanal. It turned to be one of the worst places during World War II! Fear of an earthquake led a man to move from California to Ohio. Some time later, his new home was flattened by a tornado! A carpenter, afraid of being poor in his old age, worked almost night and day and lived very frugally. But the plaza in which he invested his money went out of business and he lost it all!

It is not wrong to seek safety from bombings, natural disasters, and poverty. But our primary concern should be our spiritual safety, and there’s only one place to find that. It’s in the “name of the Lord,” which the writer of Proverbs called a “strong tower.” In his time, people fled to a well-fortified tower for safety from enemy attack. So he used that figure of speech to describe God’s name, which stands for all that God is – the almighty, holy, and loving Creator-Sustainer of all things.

When we place our trust in Jesus, we are safe from condemnation. His name means “Savior.” As we maintain close contact with Him by daily renewing our commitment to Him and consciously seeking to obey all His commandments, we receive a deep inner sense of security. Obedient Christians know the joy of being safe for eternity. – Herbert Vander Lugt

Secure in Christ, oh, praise His name!

My song shall ever be;

His blood, with power still the same,

Gives me security. –Stairs

Christ’s blood makes us safe; God’s Word makes us sure.

  • March 10, 1988, Our Daily Bread
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