Where do you feel safe? For many of us it is our home, but if you have ever had your home broken into, you know the feeling of violation and fear that follows. It’s never the same again.
Is there something that makes you feel safe? In our city and surrounding area, there has been a spike in home break-ins and robberies where, for a apparently no reason, people have been beaten or shot. Consequently, there has been a significant rise in gun ownership. I suspect it is the false allusion that the presence of a handgun makes one feel safe. Or the ability to carry a concealed weapon somehow provides security.
Who gives you comfort and sense of safety? For many children it is their parents. Running to mom or dad seems to be a normal reaction of children when they are frightened or feel threatened. Then again, for some children, their parents are their worse nightmare.
Does a large nest-egg give you a sense of safety and security? Perhaps building a barrier of things around yourself gives you the assurance you need to feel unassailable. The writer of Proverbs is quick to point out that kind of security is simply in one’s imagination (Prov. 18:11).
That same writer says, in the prior verse, that “The name of the LORD is a strong tower, the righteous man runs into it and is safe (Prov. 18:10).”
For me, the power of that verse hinges on my understanding of God. Not just what He can do, but who He is – His very nature. Seeking refuge in the great I AM, will result in a sense of safety that transcends fear from harm. It can bring a sense of peace and rest that will allow me to say, “No matter what, my defense is certain.” It is a sense of safety that must no longer issue from my mind, but find root in my soul.
The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.
A rich man’s wealth is his strong city, and like a high wall in his imagination.