“The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and He knows them that trust in Him” Nahum 1:7.
We live in a fear filled world, with the daily happenings of shootings, bomb explosions, mass killings, acts of terrorism and also with an alarming increase in the number of natural calamities. All the news that we hear and read about only serve to frighten us further almost about everything.
On the one side are the fiery darts of the enemy, against which we have to guard our spiritual life. On the other side are the physical acts of violence due to which fear fills our life.
We fear for the safety of our children as they go to their schools and colleges, we fear for our daily commutes, for the safety of our work places, our flights, and even for the safety of our worship places. In spite of all the precautions and security measures being taken by the government and the administration, we know that our ultimate security is in the Lord only.
Whatever may the machinations and devices that the enemy comes up with, the Lord can effectively thwart his plans and protect us. This assurance grants us such comfort and unwavering faith in all our troubles and spiritual conflicts.
The famous hymn composed by Charles Wesley, ‘Jesus lover of my soul’ comes to the mind as I write these words.
It goes like:
‘Jesus Lover of my soul, let me to Thy bosom fly
While the nearer waters roll, while the tempest still is high
Hide me O my Savior hide, till the storm of life is past’
One of the stories that goes around about the background of this song is that Wesley was inspired to compose these words, seeing a frightened bird in a terrible storm, flying in to his cabin and sheltering itself in the safety and security of the jacket hanging in the wardrobe.
How true is it? We are fiercely attacked and constantly troubled, yet perpetually preserved. But the reason for our survival and triumph is because ‘He is our hiding place’. If He is with us, we do not need to fear anything, not even death. In the midst of the tempestuous sea, our feet shall stand on the ‘Rock of Ages’.
As the hymn goes, ‘Christ is our lover, healer, refuge, fountain, wing and pilot – the All-Sufficient One’.
May the Lord help us always to find our security in Him!