No Escape from Trouble

“As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him.”

Trouble never leaves us, does it? Escape turmoil? Hide our eyes? Plug our ears? No, we are not able to escape worrisome situations in our lives, nor must we ignore fearful threats that circle our globe, flood down our streets, and invade our neighborhoods. Trouble hounds us, leaps beside our secret path, and burrows into our safe cave, a mocking leer locking into our eyes, and setting our heart to a tangled beat.

When I tuned in the radio this morning, and heard of the car bombing situation in London, this portion of scripture–the 19th verse of Amos chapter 5–came to mind, and I thought, as often I do, that absolute safety and security comes only through Jesus Christ. There is just no other answer. Despite careful precautions, we can never be sure we are safe. If we turn to the right, danger lurks, and to the left? Danger, also, absolutely, and with no doubt. Our world is riddled with evil and with those who are set on bringing down masses of innocent people.

But in Christ is safety. Even in Him, we have no guarantee of the sparing of our physical bodies. At times, His people are spared; other times, they are not. Yet I insist, that in Christ there is safety, for if we look to Him, the author of our salvation, our soul will be spared. And only the soul will live forever. The terrorist may project a bomb that will riddle our flesh, but ere the moment passes, our soul sets free, and we are safe in the arms of the Saviour.

David knew this and writes eloquently in Psalm 121.

“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth…The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.”


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About Shirley Buxton

Still full of life and ready to be on the move, Shirley at 78 years old feels blessed to have lots of energy and to be full of optimism. She has been married to Jerry for 60 years. They have 4 children, 12 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren...all beautiful and highly intelligent--of course. :)
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3 Responses to No Escape from Trouble

  1. Linda says:

    Thank you Sis. Buxton for your encouraging words. We did have to evacuate our home, because of the floods. When we left there was no water in our home, so we are trusting the waters to start going down soon. Please keep our town in your prayers.

  2. Shirley says:

    Linda, I am so sorry the flood waters caught up with you. I’m hearing on the news that there is no rain today, but sadly, more in the forecast. I do trust your home stayed dry.

    I hope you know how much Jerry and I love your entire family. As I grow older, the more do I appreciate the wonderful people of God. Jerry and I often speak concerning how blessed we are to have such outstanding friends.


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