“The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.” Proverbs 18:10 (NKJV)
Our world has been shaken by a virus, and it has caused a significant change in how we do things in our country. Many are afraid and taking extreme measures to avoid contracting the virus and becoming sick. There have been quite a few new phrases introduced in our culture. Among those new sayings are these, “Be Safe,” “Stay Healthy,” “Stay Home,” and so on. I thought about these phrases, and I asked the Lord if there is a Christological application for us to use. I thought about the words “Be Safe.” What does that mean to us as Christians? Are we safe as directed by the CDC and the medical community?
As I thought about the statement, I wondered what it means to us to stay safe? The Word of the Lord tells us we are safe when we run into the person of our Lord. When we pray, we enter the presence of the Lord. When we have a dedicated time of worship, we run into the presence of the Lord. The passage tells us to run to the name of the Lord. The word run carries the idea to make haste and hurry. During these days of trouble, we should run to the Lord.
I am sure many are listening for hopeful words from our political leaders, and from the scientific community. However, we are often disappointed when the news is less than encouraging. We have seen this time and time again. One day things are good, then the story is not so good. We need consistent, pleasant news. Therefore, we are to run to the Lord.
When we run to Jesus, the news is always right. It reminds us we are at peace with God and full of peace. We are healthy and full of joy. We are told to run to the Lord, and we will be safe. The word safe means to be exalted and to be strong and defended. So, we should run to the Lord every day, and we will be safe. The Lord will lift us into His presence and bring us into a life of safety. So, to all who know the Lord, be safe!
Bishop Eric A. Lambert, Jr.