“But whoever listens to me will live securely and be free from the fear of danger.” Proverbs 1:33 HCSB
My father-in-law lives in a neighborhood that is going through a transition. The surrounding area is not as safe as it has been in years past. As a Christmas gift, we participated with my wife’s siblings and their families to have an alarm system installed in an effort to increase my father-in-law’s security and safety in the event of an emergency.
Solomon encourages those who are reading the Proverbs to listen and do what is suggested so they can be secure and free of fear. The Hebrew word that is used for securely is “batach,” which means a place of refuge. Refuge is a place where one can feel secure and also have feelings of trust. Biblical wisdom comes from God. When we listen to God and follow His instruction we can live securely without any fear. This does not mean believers will be free from troubles, but we can be secure that God only wants what is best for us and He can take the bad and make good from it. Believers also have the security of knowing they will someday spend eternity in heaven.
Challenge: Just as the insurance commercial says, “You are in good hands with …” you are secure in the good hands of God. Follow His instruction found in the Bible and you can be assured you will find refuge and peace.