“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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