William Andrew Dillard
TO BE SAVED IS TO BE SAFE
In the state of New South Wales, Australia, several miles out of the city of Sydney, lies a national park called Three Sisters, so named after three rock columns that rise 3,000 feet above sea level.
Visiting the park a number of years ago, an open air train ride took us to the floor of the great canyon which is comparable to the Grand Canyon in the U.S. Upon returning to the top, a cable car with a glass bottom offered us a ride across the top of the canyon. From that vantage point, one could see the interesting canyon floor thousands of feet below. However, as the car came to about the halfway crossing of the vast canyon, a strong wind began to cause it to swing sideways. It was scary and doubtless unsafe. The conductor immediately apologized for the canceled trip putting the car in reverse motion. No one complained. It is indeed scary to be in an unsafe environment even if only for a short time.
It may seem redundant, but it is unsafe not to be saved, and to be saved is to be safe!
When God brought the Hebrews out of Egyptian bondage, He reminded them when they had safely crossed the Red Sea, “Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself.” Exodus 19:4. Truly, when things appeared to be impossible, the safest place for the Hebrews was under the direct leadership of Almighty God. It is still the absolute best place in the whole universe to be.
The prophet Isaiah reminded his people, and us, too, “ But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”Isa. 40:31.
In God, one is safe, and it is never dangerous to be safe! How different life is for the unbelieving world. Men see ways that appear right to them, but the end are the ways of death. It was in such a fleshly minded environment that Jeremiah cried out to his people who were about to go into Babylonian captivity: “Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.” Jer. 17:5.
The world cries “Peace and Safety, Peace and Safety!” It eludes them. Wise are those who hear the words of Isaiah 57:21, “There is no peace, saith my God, to the wicked.”
David said, “I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD only makest me to dwell in safety.” Psalm 4:8. In whom are you trusting for safety?