Can We Live in Safety? Can Our Kids / Grandkids?
The short answer is no. We cannot built a safe environment for ourselves, our kids, or our grandkids. We cannot control everything in our, and their, lives. We can try to keep the boogie man out; we can do everything in our power to keep them innocent and pure. BUT, evil lurks: sometimes it’s in other people, sometimes it’s within our kids / grandkids and the choices they make.
Our military stands at the ready to protect our country. The US is now creating a Space Force to protect us from warfare waged in space. Can we feel protected?
Hackers can break into our accounts. Thieves can break into our personal space. We set up guards. Can anti-virus and credit protection keep us safe?
All we can do is trust that the steps we have taken, and that our government have taken, are enough to keep us safe, right?
Of course it’s not enough.
So we’re left with the fact that God lets these awful things happen. Sudden illness; sexual abuse; emotional abuse; thievery; bullying. So much evil in this world, and we don’t like it.
What can we do?
We can live in peace. We have no need to live in fear for our lives, our kid’s lives, or our grandkids.
Even though this world is not a safe place, and we cannot promise safety to our kids, we can go about our lives in peace.
God’s got this. God’s got YOU, and your kids and grandkids. He is our loving, powerful, omniscient, omnipresent God. HE is in control.
Isaiah 41.10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. This tells me God is always with me, therefore, whatever happens, even if it’s scary, I need not fear. (Think of Jesus in the boat in the storm. The disciples were terrified for their lives, but Jesus knew God had them.)
Isaiah 41.13 For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. God’s got me. I’m safe with Him, even when my surroundings may not be safe.
Isaiah 43.1 But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. God created me for a purpose. He will keep me until that purpose is fulfilled, and then I get to go with Him.
Isaiah 43.5 Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed (descendants) from the east, and gather thee from the west; God has a purpose for our kids and grandkids, too. He will keep and preserve them.
Matthew 10.28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. When our physical or emotional life is in danger, it’s hard to keep an eternal focus. Call on the Lord.
Lamentations 3.57 Thou drewest near in the day that I called upon thee: thou saidst, Fear not. When we call Him, He answers.
Psalm 4.8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety. We need not lay awake at night, worrying about our lives or the lives of others. If we can’t sleep, talk to God.
Romans 15.13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. Not in our own power, but in the power of the Holy Spirit, can we fear not, and live in joy and peace.
I close with this passage, comforting words from God that are close to my heart:
Psalm 73.23-26 Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.