Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Safest Place You Can Be...

With all the turmoil that's been going on in our life recently, and with some huge, life-impacting decisions facing us in the coming days, I told my wife over coffee this morning, "Our life is a chaotic mess right now..."
But ladies and gentlemen, I distinctly heard the voice of the Lord speak to me this morning, and what He spoke to me, I feel led to share with someone else who may be facing a similar 'chaotic mess'.
"The safest place you can be is where you are right now."
That "place" may change tomorrow, next week, six months from now; we don't know, but what I do know is that where we are right now is right in the middle of the will of God, and there is no safer place for us to be. 
It doesn't matter how big the storm, it doesn't matter how chaotic the turmoil, it doesn't matter how "upside down" your world may seem at this moment; if you are where God wants you to be, honey, you're in the safest place in the world. Nothing can touch you, nothing can stop you, nothing can harm you.
The devil is a master of deception; he is a master at distorting things; he is a liar. He cannot pluck you out of the Hand of God, and he cannot destroy you when you're in the Will of God.
The apostle Peter was a fisherman by trade; I have little doubt that he'd been in a storm before. He knew how to handle a boat in a storm. Yet he left the security that he knew, in order to step into a dimension that humanity had never stepped into: People don't walk on water. But in his answer to the invitation from Jesus, Peter found himself in an even more precarious situation than he'd faced on the boat; suddenly, there was no sure footing under his feet. A slick, wave-washed deck wasn't the surest of footing, no, but at least it was something solid under his feet.

It was something he was accustomed to.

Now he's out here in a place where man doesn't belong, trying to do something that man's not supposed to do, and the magnitude of the storm is even more enormous than before. I don't think the storm changed in intensity, but Peter's position did, and that changed his perception of the storm.
Yet in the magnitude of the storm, with the waves pulling at him, and doubt screaming in his ear, "You foolish man! You can't do this!", Peter felt the Hand of Christ reach out and catch him.
Peter was in the safest place he could have been because the moment he started sinking, the Hand of God was there to lift him out of the chaos, and lead him back to the security of the ship.
And the storm didn't stop UNTIL they came back to the boat.
Peter walked - with Jesus - back through the same storm, back to the security of the boat that he'd stepped out of, and THEN the wind ceased, and the sea became calm.
If you're in the Will of God, you are in the safest place you can possibly be. Don't fear the storm; don't be dismayed by the chaos around you; don't be deceived into thinking "I never should have left the security of where I was and what I knew..."
It doesn't matter how turbulent your situation is; you're in the safest place you can be, and the Hand of God will be there to catch you.
Hear me: God will not let you fall.

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