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A Safe Place in the Days of Evil

November 18, 2015

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“He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” (Psalm 91v1) What beautiful words and a wonderful promise for those who are walking with the Lord! On a personal level, the words of Psalm 91 have been my reservoir in recent times as I have been in and out of hospitals. “For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.” (Verse 11) Indeed I have known the Lord’s protection and caring arms around me in some very distressing moments. Who have we but the Lord to call upon on, in times of illness, loneliness – or just trouble in general? Dearest loved ones may have passed away and there are very few remaining on this earth who really care deeply for us in the way that they did… but thank God for His promises to you and I: “He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.” (Verse 15)

On a global level, people are suffering terribly because of the horrors of international terrorism. What comfort they could avail of to sustain them, if only they could put their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour! Does this mean that the Christian will never have to face illness, tragedy, or any kind of trouble? Of course he will! “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.” (Psalm 34v19) Ultimately we will be delivered. Life’s short day, with its pain, weariness, times of anguish and yes, joy too, will soon be finished for each one of us… but for those who own the Lord as Saviour, there is a better day – a day of eternal joy in His Presence, like no joy we have ever experienced on this earth.

“O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” (Psalm 34v8)

Physically speaking, there really is no safe place in this world. It is true that some countries and some places are safer than others. Above is a lovely painting (by my dear Mum who passed away just last year). It appears to be a tranquil Scottish loch and castle with a snow-capped mountain in the background. I imagine myself walking in this peaceful scene… but is anywhere on earth safe? Only Jesus can give us that deep sense of peace which fills the heart, as a consequence of His indwelling Presence.

Spiritually speaking, there is only one safe place in this world; that is “in the secret place of the most High.” When He owns every part of us: body, soul and spirit; when we “walk in the light as he is in the light,” only then can we “abide under the shadow of the Almighty.” We may be shot or bombed and wounded – or even killed but for those who love and serve Him… nothing can separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8v35-39)

 

Happy New Year?

January 8, 2015

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I certainly hope so! A Happy New Year is what I sincerely wish for everyone who reads this… but who knows? The Bible says: “Boast not thyself of tomorrow: for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.” (Proverbs 27v1) Indeed, knowing how it is with the terrible unrest in this world, we brace ourselves in the knowledge that just about any evil can be perpetrated.

Today I have been hearing about the recent Paris shootings from my daughter who works a short distance from the area where they took place. How my heart goes out to the loved ones and friends of those who were murdered, some of whom were police officers. Yes, who knows “what a day may bring forth?”

Shortly before Christmas my dear Mum passed away on 13th December. I was just starting to come to terms with this terrible loss when suddenly we received the news that my husband’s Dad, of whom I was very fond, had also passed away. My children have witnessed the funerals of two of their grandparents – one on 16th December and the other just eight days later, on Christmas Eve… And this past year I have also had to face up to other negative news concerning my health, having had a third operation.

I often wondered how on earth I could ever cope with the loss of my mother – but I have! How can this be so and how can I have lived through such a traumatic time over these last few weeks, with whole nights spent without sleep? The answer is… I could not possibly have coped if I had not been leaning on the Lord and His great power to carry me through.

“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”  Psalm 46v1

He has helped me to cope physically and He has helped me to remain calm when faced by some very distressing circumstances.

“I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.” (Psalm 34v4)

I met an acquaintance (a Christian) locally one day while shopping and I told her about Mum.

“Oh, but your mother knew the Lord didn’t she?” she said cheerfully.

“Yes, but I miss her so much…”

“Oh, Elizabeth…” she said warmly, “she’s gone just a little while before you. You’ll see her again!”

“Yes, yes… you’re right of course. That’s true…”

Somehow those cheerful words put a spring in my step and I continued on my way, much encouraged on that dark December day after her funeral. Yes, in just a little while I will see her again. Recently, too, I also remembered Mum’s words to me… “Don’t worry about me love… if I’m not here some day, you’ll know where I am…”

What a glorious wonder… to see the face of our Redeemer, our Lord and Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ!

Meanwhile I will go in His strength, sowing the seed, distributing her testimonies – and that of my Dad who passed away just three years ago.

And I am ready to reach others in whatever way the Lord will direct me, until the Lord’s return – or His home call to me. Who knows, indeed, what a day may bring forth (never mind a year) in this uncertain and dangerous world we live in?

To those who know Him… “The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.” (Psalm 46v11)

What a wonderful Saviour, Redeemer, Comforter, Confidant and Friend to have as we launch into the year ahead – whether its waters are troubled or smooth.

Whoever you are, yes, I do wish you have a happy year ahead but who knows? And even when everything is going our way, without the Saviour life is really meaningless. Furthermore none of us are immune from unhappy events in this world, whatever our profession of faith… but His grace is greater!

If you have never done so – trust Him now to forgive you your sins and to shoulder your burdens and heartaches – and He will deal with them all, for He died that you might have life and have it more abundantly and then, even when the low times come knocking at your door, He will carry you through and you can claim these words for your own…

“For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8v38&39)