Our Safe Place
My four-and-a-half-year-old son has taken to climbing trees recently, particularly a small tree in our front yard. He figured out how to get about seven feet up into this tree, and if he had it his way he’d be climbing much higher. But as his parents, his mother and I set a limit on how high he is allowed to climb. We do this because we love him and we don’t want him to get hurt. God gives us rules, like the Ten Commandments, for the same reasons.
“The law of Moses was unable to save us because of the weakness of our sinful nature. So God did what the law could not do. He sent his own Son in a body like the bodies we sinners have. And in that body God declared an end to sin's control over us by giving his Son as a sacrifice for our sins.” (Romans 8:3)
“Well then, am I suggesting that the law of God is sinful? Of course not! In fact, it was the law that showed me my sin. I would never have known that coveting is wrong if the law had not said, ‘You must not covet.’ But sin used this command to arouse all kinds of covetous desires within me! If there were no law, sin would not have that power.” (Romans 7:7-8)
“For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
One day my son was climbing his favorite tree when I told him to come down. But as he did, he got stuck and had nowhere to go. I was right there with my hands out to help him, but he didn’t want to let go of the branch. He was scared. In his mind, holding on to the branch was the only thing keeping him from falling, but if he continued to hold on he would have continued to be stuck. For me to help my son, he needed to let go. It took a bit of convincing but he finally let go, and as he did the fear disappeared and he knew he was safe in his father’s arms.
Do you feel stuck? Have you convinced yourself that it’s the branch that’s keeping you from falling when the God of the universe is right behind you with His arms out? Is God telling you to let go of the branch that you are so terrified to let go of? It's not the branch keeping you safe. God loves you and He doesn’t want you to get hurt. Maybe you need to let go of whatever branch you are depending on and lean into the safety of the Father’s arms.
“God is our safe place and our strength. He is always our help when we are in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1)
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.