Posted by: davidbowerkingwood | April 21, 2017

Is There a Safe Place for You?

We Live in a Troubled World!

East of Eden © Adele Bower

Even a casual examination of the media today reveals troubles in almost any direction you may choose to look. Local news headlines murder, assault, robbery, and the national media follows suit on an even greater scale. I am reminded of Matthew 24:6-8 where it is written:

“6 And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not troubled; for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines, pestilences, and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.”

While this is a direct reference to a time yet coming the description seems to fit all too well today. We are seeing all of these signs to a greater or lesser degree even as you read these words. For many there are questions about what is going on, where will this all end and when can some order and calm be restored to the world.

A time of world peace will indeed come but only when the Prince of Peace, the Lord Jesus Christ, comes to restore it as described in the Bible. In the meantime what about those who love the Lord and long for His return? We know we live in a world dominated by Satan and can see clear evidence of His influence in what is happening around us.

While it has pleased the Lord to delay his return, Christians are not left without help and reassurance that they are loved and cared for. We have been given great and wonderful gifts to help us as we live out our lives on this troubled world.

A Love Letter to You from God

The eighth chapter of Romans begins and ends with triumphant joy for all Christians; there is no condemnation for born again Christians and nothing shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. In between those two spires of doctrinal reassurance lie the abundant promises a loving God has lavished on His family. Although 1 Corinthians 13 is considered by many as the “Love Chapter” I suggest to you that Romans 8 is God’s love letter to His very own family!

Over the last seven essays we have considered some of the ways God has shown us His grace, mercy and love; particularly in this love letter to His children. Although we are loved it has pleased God that we should remain in our mortal bodies so that we might serve and honor him with our lives for those years of our mortality he has apportioned to us. I think often of those verses in Psalm 139 which speak to the point of our mortality:

“13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
    and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
    Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
    as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
16 You saw me before I was born.
    Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
    before a single day had passed.”

To me that is a blessed thought; to know that God has carefully thought through all the moments of my life; how could I ask for any better assurance of his loving care than that? At age 84 I will joyfully testify to his loving care and with the advantages of hindsight acknowledge and rejoice in the wondrous blessings he has poured out on me over those years.

The Task that Remains

As we seek to serve and honor the Lord in the time he has given us it is so important that we retain a clear Biblical perspective on who we are and what we must do. The Bible seeks to warn us of the dangers we may face and offers many reassurances to us as we live out our lives. While it is certain we will face difficulties it is equally certain we will enjoy the blessings of God’s loving watchcare over us.

“35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

I cannot even begin to imagine a more comprehensive summary of God’s unfailing love for his children, can you? I love the way God describes our situation in Isaiah 41:10 where it is written:

“10 Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’”


Responses

  1. David: I am currently mentoring a man whose wife is a practicing Catholic, he is not getting his questions answered by her church. I took him to the New Ironman study at Second last Wednesday. Their study has changed substantially, we were both disappointed.Can you point me  towards a Basic Bible study where the class actually studies the Scriptures and questions are allowed to be asked? He is not currently attending any church. I have pointed him toward some of the local Christian Radio ministries to try, actually recommending Chuck Swindall and J. Vernon McGee. You have any words of wisdom for him?Dave Handley

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    • Dave,
      I”m sorry to have to say I don’t know of any class that studies the Bible in depth and encourages questions. If this man is interested I would suggest you give him the URL to my blog with the understanding that I would be happy to give him personal help and guidance. My blogs cover virtually all aspects of the Christian life and should he ask a question I would be more than willing to give him an answer based on my understanding of the Bible.
      David

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  2. Such rich blessings! And I could hear the music 🎶 of the great hymn in my head while reading Isaiah 41:10. Thank you David!

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