Key Verse: I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. John 10:28
Where do you feel safe? With the rise of terrorist attacks in recent years, many have asked, “Is no place safe anymore? Restaurants in France, beaches in Tunisia, Christmas markets in Germany and churches throughout the world have been affected by sudden terrorist attacks in the past few years. They are supposed to be places we can go to relax with our family and friends, but it seems that we no longer have to find danger, it finds us.
The Bible teaches that while we are not promised physical comfort and security in this fallen world, we are forever safe in Christ. Colossians 3:3 says “For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God.” Christian persecution began with Jesus himself and was a dramatic part of early church history. Eleven of the twelve apostles and many of the other early disciples were killed for following Christ. They were killed for their faith, but they remained safe in Christ. Death is called the final enemy and maybe is the thing we fear most in regards to the safety of ourselves and loved ones, yet Paul says I am convinced that neither death nor life can separate us from God’s love” (see Romans 8:31-39).
Furthermore, God has a purpose and plan for each of us to accomplish in Him in the here and now. When we follow His plan for our life, we don’t need to stress about our safety. Nothing and no one can interfere with God’s purposes. David wrote in Psalm 23:4, “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
Following God’s calling is not a guarantee for comfort, but it is a guarantee for safety. Paul was shipwrecked on many occasions, imprisoned, beaten, but they could not stop God’s plan and purpose for Him. If God has called you to do something or go somewhere, He will make it happen. Isaiah 14:27 reminds us, “The LORD of Heaven’s Armies has spoken–who can change his plans? When his hand is raised, who can stop him?” The answer – No One!