As the summer brings camps, a mission trip, and busier schedule, I thought this appropriate to repost. Please keep us in prayer during this time.
“Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.”
Rev. 22: 14-15
“I wish we could just stay here.” The teen echoed a sentiment heard each year as camp ended. After being surrounded for a week with friends and adults sharing their lives and the love of God with one another, the world outside this safe place threatens the peace the teens found in discovering who they are, their deepest need, and the God who accepts them as they are and fills that need. They experienced the love of God poured into them and the freedom to express His love in worship. They understand the world beyond the camp driveway will try to steal their new-found peace. Here it is safe to believe the truth as revealed by the light of Christ and not be confused by the world’s dark version of truth. Here there is no fear.
We do not live in a safe world, but we do not have to allow fear to steal our peace. We live in the world but are not of it. Jesus speaks His peace into the world by placing it in our hearts. He says, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27.
The peace Jesus gives calms our fear of a world seeking to inflict terror and unrest through the violence of sin-sick individuals. But Jesus tells us not to fear the one who can kill only the body but the One who can kill both body and soul. This fear is a reverent trust in the power, ability, and love of our God to keep us in His care, to be our safe place, our refuge.
“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust…Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;” Psalm 91: 1-2,5.
This doesn’t mean we will never face the terror of the night but it does mean we don’t have to live in fear of it. For God is our refuge, our safe place, our Deliverer. We can walk in the confidence of our faithful, loving heavenly Father as we follow where He leads us.
When you need peace or a safe place where do find it?