Posted in Ages 11 & above, God & Me

The Perfect Safe House

During olden times, wars were very common. Kingdoms used to invade each other under the leadership of kings in the desire for conquest, wealth and power. During such wars if the defeated king escapes, he would flee to find refuge either by going in hiding or going to his friendly neighbors, where he will rest and regain his strength and power. Once he is strong enough, he can fight back for his kingdom.

In the present time too, things are not much different! Though we are not fighting a physical war with weapons, we are always fighting battles one after the other in pursuit of something – to get into a desired school / college, to get accepted into a gang of friends, to get into the school baseball team, to get the right job, and so on. We emerge victorious in few of those battles but definitely not all. Heart breaking failures occur from time to time. When such failures occur, it would not be always easy to getup and stand on our feet to fight again. We will not be strong enough to carry on with the fight. We would need a place of refuge to regain our strength. Where to find refuge – a place that gives protection or shelter from danger / trouble – A Safe House?

Let us look into the treasure book to get clues!

OPENING THE TREASURE BOOK undefined

Our Safe House

God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling.

Psalms 46:1-3

Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler And from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, And under His wings you shall take refuge; His truth shall be your shield and buckler.

Psalms 91:3-4

The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, A refuge in times of trouble. And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.

Psalms 9:9-10

When we are in trouble, we would only approach people who will stand by our side and help us get through the difficult times. We will never go to someone who would reject us or abandon us half way. Most of the time we will confide in our best friends, specially those we trust will stand by us. However in most cases they will not have a proper solution for our problem but can only comfort us.

The Word of God says, God is a very present help in trouble. The Word also confirms He never forsakes those who seek refuge in Him. Whoever approaches Him for refuge, He never denies them nor abandons them half way through. You would be familiar of how a mother hen gathers her chicks under her wings to protect them when a threat is present. Similarly, God covers with His feathers those who put their trust in Him and protects them from the enemy / threat. So God has all qualities and abilities for being a refuge. He offers complete protection and safety during times of trouble. Additionally, He also has solution for our trouble – He can deliver us from the trouble we are in. In fact, He is the only one who is capable of deliverances – be it a snare, or a pestilence or a natural calamity or oppression or any thing else we face. There is no trouble that is hard enough for Him.

So God is a very present help during trouble, offers refuge and also never forsakes those who put their trust in Him and reach out to Him during trouble. Also at the same time, He is a deliverer from all kinds of trouble. So if we trust in Him and make Him our refuge we enjoy all these benefits. When God is our refuge, even if the ground that we stand on or the surroundings that we are in is shaking with trouble, we do not have to be anxious or fearful. There is no need to fear or be anxious while under His care and protection. For He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, there is no one as powerful as Him and there is no power above Him. He is the perfect SAFE HOUSE.

God Himself is “The Perfect Safe House”. During trouble, He offers help, refuge and never forsakes. He also delivers us from all our troubles. Like how chicks find refuge under their mother’s wings, we the children of God should find refuge under His wings.

Example of Ruth

The Story – Ruth Chapter 1-4

Elimelech was a man who lived with his wife Naomi and his two sons in Bethlehem during the rule of Judges. There was a famine in the land and he moved to the country of Moab with his family. Elimelech died there and Naomi was left with her two sons. They took wives from the women of Moab- Orpah and Ruth. After they lived there for ten years, Naomi’s both sons also died. Naomi decided to return back to her homeland as she was left alone in a foriegn land and also heard the conditions have changed there in the land of Israel. She told both her daughters-in-laws to return to their mother’s houses and to build a family. They did not agree to her request. But Naomi tried to convince them and finally Orpah agreed, but Ruth clung to her. Naomi again tried to convince Ruth, but she did not agree. She told Naomi, “Wherever you go i will go, wherever you stay i will stay, your people will be my people and your God, my God“. When Naomi saw that Ruth was determined to stay with her, she stopped persuading her.

Both of them came to Bethlehem and it was the beginning of barley harvest. Naomi when she left Bethlehem, had her husband and her sons, but she came back a poor widow. They did not have enough to even buy food. So Ruth went to a field to glean (gather left over grains after harvest) after the reapers . And it so happened that she went to the field belonging to Boaz, who was a wealthy relative of her father-in-law, Elimelech. When Boaz came to the field, he noticed Ruth and his servant gave a good report about her. Boaz spoke to Ruth and told her, “It has been fully reported to me, all that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband, and how you have left your father and your mother and the land of your birth, and have come to a people whom you did not know before. The Lord repay your work, and a full reward be given you by the Lord God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge.”

Ruth found favor with Boaz and he treated her well. He gave her food in abundance. He also ordered his servants to treat her well and be careful that no-one harms her. Later on we see that Boaz redeemed Naomi’s land and took Ruth as his wife.

Analysis

After her sons died, Naomi was left alone with her daughter-in-laws. Naomi tried her best to persuade Ruth to leave, as she still could remarry and build a family of her own. But Ruth did not abandon her nor did she agree to leave, but clung on to her. Ruth and Naomi decided to return to Bethlehem, Naomi’s homeland. Ruth left her people, her household, her country and her God to be with Naomi. They did not have any men in their family to support them, to provide for them or to protect them. But Ruth took refuge in the Lord God, the God of her mother-in-law. She came under His wings as soon as she took Him as a refuge.

Poverty was a huge problem for them and they did not have any means to buy food. So Ruth offered to go gleaning to provide for herself and her mother-in-law. Gleaning is the act of collecting leftover crops from fields after they have been harvested. During harvest, the reapers gather all the grains first and after this the gleaners are allowed to collect the leftover grains. In the modern day, gleaning could be somewhat compared to dumpster diving. From this we know that Ruth and Naomi were miserably poor. For gleaning, Ruth ended up in Boaz’s field but she did not know whose field it was or their relationship with him. God directed her there. Boaz was very kind to her and gave food for both Ruth and Naomi and eventually married Ruth. God delivered her from poverty.

God changed her status completely. From a miserably poor widow she became the wife of a rich man. God settled her and gave her a family of her own. Her son Obed was the father of Jesse, the father of David. She was the great grand mother of King David. From a nobody she became a renowned woman.

After Ruth took refuge in the God of Israel, God directed her path, provided for her, protected her and eventually delivered her. God raised her from poverty, settled her in a family and established her. Instead of being a poor widow, she became the wife of a rich man in Bethlehem and the great grand mother of King David!!!

Under Gods wings, there is no fear or anxiety because He takes up the complete responsiblity. He directs our path, provides for us, protects us, delivers us, settles us and establishes us.

Treasures uncovered

God Himself is “The Perfect Safe House”. During trouble, He offers help, refuge and never forsakes. He also delivers us from all our troubles. Like how chicks find refuge under their mother’s wings, we, the children of God, should find refuge under His wings.

Under Gods wings, there is no fear or anxiety because He takes up the complete responsiblity. He directs our path, provides for us, protects us, delivers us, settles us and establishes us.

Prayer:

Father, we thank you for teaching us that you are the perfect safe house for us. Thank you for being an ever present help during times of trouble, thank you for not forsaking us when we seek refuge in you, thank you for the protection you offer and thank you for being our deliverer. We thank you for covering us with your feathers when we come under your wings. We love you Lord. In Jesus’s name, Amen.


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