The Safe Place

Bill Brinkworth

Of all the childhood games I have played, tag was my favorite. One youngster would, with eyes closed, count as the others scrambled to their hiding places.

As the count was finished, the hunt would begin. Trees, behind rocks, everywhere was searched. If you were sighted, you would run away as quickly as possible, or run to the “base.” The “base,” a designated tree or building, was a place that no matter how frenzied the chase around you, as long as you were there, you were safe. No harm could come to you, as long as you were on base.

Life, however, is not a game. There are no places to hide when tribulations occur. Many people try different places to run to when the troubles come, but usually they only stall dealing with the problem. They will, one day, have to face what they were running from.

For the Christian there is hope during hard times. The Lord promises to be our “base” in time of need. In Psalms 32:7, David writes, “Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance …”

What an assurance it is to know, when there is nowhere else to turn, that we can turn to the Lord. He has raised millions upon millions of children. There are no tribulations that can happen to man that God does not know about, has not handled in the past, or cannot control.

The Lord is the safe place for the Christian to go to in time of need. Trust Him and allow him to work in your life, including the hard times.

This article was featured in The Bible View #98.

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