Thought for the week by Pastor Diana Rutherford

by Struthers Cumbernauld

'Therefore will I save my flock, and they shall no more be a prey ... And I will make with them a covenant of peace, and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land: and they shall dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods ...  and they shall be safe in their land ... neither shall the beast of the land devour them; but they shall dwell safely, and none shall make them afraid.' Ezekiel 34:22-25

I could have quoted this whole portion of scripture as it is so rich, but instead have chosen the parts that particularly spoke to me.

I was reading this yesterday morning for the umpteenth time! God had given it to me, about a year and a half ago, in connection with a particular situation. I find tremendous comfort in this word and love the thought of being safe in Him.

It's when we are safe we thrive and flourish. It's a proven fact in educational circles that when a child is secure they have the ability to learn so much more than when they are worried or fearful.

It is the same with the child of God. When we know we are safe and secure in the love of God we can rest, relax and rejoice. Our ability to learn and grow is so much more acute.

Last night, after a busy day at church, a friend unaware that I had been reading these very verses sent them to me. How reassuring is that! The thought of being safe from our enemy, the devil, who seeks to destroy us and tear us apart is very real. It's a lovely picture in these verse to 'dwell safely in the wilderness, and sleep in the woods'. The thought here to me is that we are unperturbed even if we are alone in the midst of a wilderness; we can sleep safely without fear of predators; nothing will come to harm us when we are living under the shadow of His wing.

It's worth spending some time meditating on these verses until they take root into the depths of your soul; until there comes a security and safety within you that frees you from fear and alarm and leaves you able to grow and learn deeply of the things of God.