THE SAFEST PLACE TO BE
I am yet to know of anyone who hates security. There’s a need for every one of us to be fully secured in a world of fiery darts, misfortunes, unfairness, illegality, pestilence, arrows flying by day and night, darkness amidst evil and destruction.
Rand Beers asserts, “The precondition to freedom is security.”
Security in this context does not necessarily mean hiding and avoiding the exposure the world gives us but making exploits in safety. I believe in John Mason’s words when he explained safety last in one of his books titled
CONQUERING THE ENEMY CALLED AVERAGE
But anyone who remains ignorant about his safety will only rise to destruction.
There’s no book in this world that expounds or talks vividly about the safest place to be. None other than the bible, the word of God. The bible exhorts us to work from God’s rest.
“For we who have believed (adhered to and trusted in and relied on God) do enter that rest, in accordance with His declaration that those [who did not believe] should not enter when He said, As I swore in My wrath, They shall not enter My rest; and this He said although [His] works had been completed and prepared [and waiting for all who would believe] from the foundation of the world.” (Hebrews 4:1-3)
You better be doing exploits from God’s rest else you will exploit destruction disguised as success. You work against God’s plan for your life if your works are outside God’s rest.
“For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God [did] from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.” (Hebrews 4:10-11)
All labour must be channelled to entering God’s rest.
“Now who is there to hurt you if you are zealous followers of that which is good?” (1 Peter 3:13)
This is the safest place to avoid what the world experiences, following the leading of the Spirit of God in making any decision. Romans 8:26
God has made man in a faction that man can never live to his optimum best without Him. (John 15:4-7)
King David in Psalm 23, helped us to know the benefits the sheep attains if it follows its shepherd. Those promises in that sweet chapter can never be experienced if the Shepherd is not our leader.
David exhibited the nature of been led by a good shepherd when he was hindered by Saul from facing Goliath in 1 Samuel 17:33-35.
And Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are a youth, and he a man of war from his youth.” But David said to Saul, “Your servant used to keep his father’s sheep, and when a lion or a bear came and took a lamb out of the flock, I went out after it and struck it, and delivered the lamb from its mouth; and when it arose against me, I caught it by its beard, and struck and killed it.
This how it feels when you are led by the good shepherd. Your success and greener pasture is assured as you follow His leadings. Your safety is certain.
Arrogance is an unbecoming trait in anyone, but especially Christians. In writing to the church of Corinth, Paul foresaw what their reaction would be to his sending Timothy to deal with their problems instead of coming himself.
They demanded the mighty Paul instead of a nobody Timothy because of their pride as 1 Corinthians 4:18 explains as puffed up, which connotes pride.
Puffed up Christians are God’s opposition hence they don’t experience the benefits a sheep enjoys from the good shepherd. They have all gone astray. James 4:6 Isaiah 53:6
“Now some are puffed up, as though I were not coming to you. But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord wills, and I will know, not the word of those who are puffed up, but the power.” (I Corinthians 4:18-19)
Paul first expressed his will to go to them quickly; but arrested by another will that’s greater than his so he adds, “if the Lord will.”
There was also a third will, the will of the Corinthians.
Stop here and think, these are the determinant factors behind what everyone does in life. Be it their will, God’s will or the will of others.
Although Paul appeared to be putting his will first, “I will come to you shortly,” he really placed God’s will first. He knew that his will to go was directly subject to God’s will.
God’s will therefore must be the Christian’s first consideration because our will is the expression of our character but God’s will is the expression of Himself. What he has chosen for us before the world began, what he prefers for us are all in His eternal purpose.
Paul’s first question when confronted by Christ on the road to Damascus was,” Who are you? “As soon as he learnt it was the Lord, his next question was, “Lord, what do you desire me to do?” and the Lord’s answer was what Paul lived the rest of His life. Acts 9:5-6
He surrendered his life to the Lord not only as his savior but owner.
The moment you find out what the will of the Lord is for your life, YOU ARE AS SAFE AS GOD IS. Psalm 91
The whole Godhead backs you. To obey the will of the lord is the secret of all safety and security.
If your course is made in God’s will as Ephesians 2:10 asserts, you can say along with Paul, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished [my] course, I have kept the faith.”
Being safe is allowing yourself to be Led by the Spirit of God to God’s will for eternal glory. Corrie ten boom asserts, “the safest place to be is in the center of God’s will.”
Are you safe?