The Lord will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom.
2 Timothy 4:18
You Will Be Safe
“Where are you going?” Mom yelled. “To Jenna’s,” yelled her daughter from the open car door in the driveway. “Be safe,” Mom yelled back as a parting thought.
“Be safe.” Ever notice how much of our life is about safety? It surrounds us. Factories hang banners that say, “Safety first.” We dedicate months to learn about “Fire Safety.” We put safeguards on our computers and locks on our doors. We store our valuables in safety deposit boxes. After basic physiological needs such as air, water, and food, some psychologists list safety as our next sought need.
Perhaps the reason we put so much emphasis on safety is that we know many of the places we go aren’t always “safe.” The highway isn’t always safe for the inexperienced driver. The computer isn’t always safe from hackers. And valuables get stolen.
But there’s one place that such things don’t ever happen. There’s one place that’s always safe: God’s heavenly kingdom, which the Bible says, “On no day will its gates ever be shut” (Revelation 21:25). In other words, there are no needs for locks or safes in heaven. It is completely safe.
What a beautiful thing to look forward to! As we near the end of 2020, we will reflect on many things that affected our safety this year. A virus threatened our health safety. Fires and hurricanes threatened our physical safety. Violence of various types threatened our community safety. But one day, it’s all going to end. One day, every follower of Jesus—every person who trusts in the full and free forgiveness he won on the cross—will be in the Savior’s arms, where they will be completely and forever safe. May this promise from God give you peace and comfort this day.
Lord, in the midst of turmoil, direct my eyes to my safe future at your side. Amen.