As the coronavirus pandemic took hold of our world earlier this year, I noticed a new way of ending texts, messages, phone calls, and emails: ‘stay safe’! What does this actually mean? Is it a blessing spoken over loved ones? Or an expression of hope in the heart? And how safe are we? Staying safe, feeling safe, being safe was on many minds.
One summer evening, as I watched a magnificent sky during the extravaganza of sunset, my heart smiled and whispered, “My Father is doing that!” I felt immensely safe because Yahweh is my Father and He controls the universe. The Bible tells us He watches over us, is compassionate in caring and His love is immeasurable and unfailing [Lamentations 3:22-23; 1 John 4:16]. He is a peerless Creator, an incomparable Designer, an unparalleled Provider and always available. Enriched by an understanding of His unfailing attention to His universe, we can be secure in the confidence that He can, and does, take care of us! We have nothing to fear; His love is steadfast and eternal.
There is, however, a condition attached to this wonderful security. “No Christian is safe,” writes C.H. Spurgeon, “when his soul is lazy and self-satisfied, and his God is far from him.” This must give us pause! Our salvation, purchased once and for all by Yahshua, is sure and, in Him, our standing before the Almighty is settled, so what does Spurgeon mean? He goes on to point out that we are “not safe as regards [our] experience in holiness, and communion with [Yahshua] in this life”! We have a responsibility for our own life in Messiah. “Every man,” said A.W. Tozer, “is as holy as he really wants to be.”
If we allow ourselves to drift away from Yahweh, we become spiritually starved, and inevitably ‘feed’ our inner person on something else. Take care! The Bible tells us Yahweh simply wants us to be fair, love kindness and walk humbly with Him [Micah 6:8]. Do this, sing with the Psalmist, “[Yahweh] is on my side; I will not fear” [Psalm 118:6, English Standard Version], and stay safe!