We’ve heard the sayings. “The safest place is in the will of God.” “You are immortal until it’s your appointed time.”
Are they true?
My husband and I served many years in a part of the world known for terrorism. Were we in the safest place? We knew we were in God’s will. Is the fact that our family was unharmed proof that this is true?
Are you immortal—until you die? I chuckle to myself about this saying. After all, the definition of immortal is “never dying” or “a being like a god or goddess.” Obviously, we don’t die until we die, but we all will die—or be raptured. No human being is a god, so that’s out, as well. Mortal speaks of the human condition, so we’re all mortals, not immortals.
As to “our time,” there seems to be a legitimate debate about it. The Bible does speak of our days being counted by an omniscient God. He sees the future as clearly as present and past, therefore, I’m not sure we can understand that some random date is the day we will pass away—and it can’t be changed.
How about accidents? Work accidents, traffic accidents, etc. happen all the time. A storm might cause a tree to fall on someone, or a wall may crumble.
What about sickness, causing a young person to die? Was it their appointed time?
I recently saw a post about a man who had been shot in multiple places. He will survive, Lord permitting. But, is that because it’s not yet “his time”? Was he in the “safest place” because he is a Christian? It seems not.
Many missionaries have been killed by the people they wanted to reach. Were they outside the will of God?
Of course not.
The truth is:
- God knows our days. The LORD knoweth the days of the upright: and their inheritance shall be for ever (Psalm 37:18).
- The Lord has a purpose for every life. For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s (1 Corinthians 6:20).
- We are safe in Him. I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety (Psalm 4:8).
- He is our Refuge. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1).
- Bad things happen to good people—even death. Hebrews 11 is full of examples.
- A Christian’s death is a new beginning: absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord (from 2 Corinthians 5:8).
The truth is:
- If someone steps out in front of a truck, he might be killed.
- When a teen eats a Tide pod or planks on a balcony, he might die.
- Reckless driving kills.
- If a person is “in the wrong place at the wrong time,” he might be the victim of a fatal accident.
- Natural disasters and diseases kill.
Christians are not immune to diseases or accidents. They are not immortal. Christians do not have a “get out of jail free” ticket for their lives. Christians suffer, just as other people do.
Faithful Christians will suffer persecution for their faith. Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution (2 Timothy 3:12).
But, Christians have a Savior. They have a Refuge. And, they are secure.
Do you know Jesus?
Are you secure?
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