Thought for the Lord’s Day

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Are you safe? Are your children safe?


The answer depends upon how you define safe. If safety means protection from the evil and devastation of this world, then the answer is no, you are not safe. If safety means you are always in God’s care and that whatever the circumstance, he is working all things together for his glory and your good, then yes, you are safe. 


This world is not our home. The ugliness of sin and death mark this world. The enemy wishes to distract us from these realities by fleeting, temporal pleasures. The reality is that we live in a world at war. Sometimes, we are reminded of this war by our own war within as we struggle with loving as Christ loved us. Other times, we are reminded of this war by horrific public sins. This world is in need of rescue and restoration. God alone brings peace, comfort, and hope. Proclaim the truth of the gospel to those in need.


The world cannot separate you from the care and purpose of God. Praise his holy name!


God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.


Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,


though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging. Psalm 46:1-3

Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.