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I Am Safe Because…

rainExcerpt from Paul Tripp’s A Shelter in the Time of Storm.

For He will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble. Psalm 27:5

I am safe, not because I have no trouble, or because I never experience danger. I am safe, not because people affirm me, or my plans always work out. I am safe, not because I am immune from disease, or free of the potential for poverty. I am safe, not because I am protected from disappointment, or separated from this fallen world. I am safe, not because I am wise or strong. I am safe, not because I deserve comfort or have earned my ease. I am safe, not because of money or power, or position, or intellect, or who I know, or where I live. I am safe because of the glorious mystery of grace. I am safe because of the presence of boundless love. I am safe because of divine mercy, divine wisdom, divine power, and divine grace. I am safe, not because I never face danger, but because You are with me in it. You have not given me a ticket out of danger. You have not promised me a life of ease. You have chosen to place me in a fallen world. I am safe because You have given me the one thing that is the only thing that will ever keep me safe. You have given me You. I am safe from the evil in my heart and this shattered world, not because I can escape them both, but because in the middle of temptation and trial, danger and disappointment, sickness and want, You give me everything I need to fight temptation and avoid defeat and to point others to the safety that can be found only in You. So, I will wake up tomorrow and face the anxiety of not knowing the fear of my own weakness, and the reality of the fall. I will live with faith, courage, perseverance, and hope. And when danger comes, and it will, I will whisper to my weakening heart, “Emmanuel is your shelter; you are safe.”

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