Safe Abode

Safe Abode

The days are dark, love,

    The last days will be night;

But give not in to fear,

    For I am your light.

Let not your heart be troubled,

    For it need not be—

Love, you are safe as long

    As you abide in Me.

Yay, the rain may fall

    And waters surround you,

But I am your Ark,

    I’ll carry you through.

Come hell or high water,

    Come lightning or flood—

Safely abide in

    Christ, the living God.

    We are living in dark times that seem to be getting only darker. This should not be surprising, since Jesus forewarned us, as did His disciples by His Spirit. Paul writes,

    “But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty [perilous times, KJV]. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people….Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted, while evil people and impostors will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.” (2 Tim. 3:1-5, 12-13).

    Are we not beginning to witness this? Self, money, and pleasure, indeed, are the gods of the day. We witness the love of these in politics, entertainment, education, and even in churches. We are aware of such abuse, heartlessness, and brutality as we hear of such senseless violence in our cities, terrorist attacks, shootings at various venues, human trafficking, the applause of abortion, etc.

    We are witnessing the appearance of godliness and the denial of its power, as many churches endorse all kinds of behaviors and practices the Scriptures condemn, as well as trying to mix religions and philosophies of the world with Christianity. The faith of Christianity is pure water that will not mix with the oils of this world!

    Jesus says there will be an increase in wars, earthquakes, famines, and hostility and persecution against Christians. This in turn will cause many to fall away from the faith and betray one another. Then Jesus says, “And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. And because lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold” (see Matt. 24:3-14).

    Are we not witnessing the flood of lawlessness rising? What is good is being accused of being evil and evil is being applauded as being good (see Isa. 5:20), and so many are wanting to cast off all restraints and do what is right in their own eyes (see Ps. 2:1-3; Judg. 17:6; 21:25).

    Even so, despite all this, we do not need to be afraid. Although the night may grow darker, Jesus will remain our light (see Mic. 7:8; John 8:12). Although the storms may rage around us, Jesus is our peace (see John 14:27; 16:33). And although the flood of lawlessness is rising higher, Jesus is our Ark (see Luke 17:27; Gen. 7:1).

    Our safety comes by abiding in Christ and being filled with His Holy Spirit, who will strengthen us and guide us into truth (see John 14:1—16:33). If we place our trust in ourselves, our intellect, our resources, or anything else other than Christ, we will be swept away. Christ is the anchor of our souls (see Heb. 6:19), and there is complete security for all who abide in Him.

~ from In the Eye of the Calm: Reflections and Poems on Faith, Hope, Love, and Life