In this day and time, many of us are looking for that safe place. Worries of new strains of the virus, political upheaval, racial tension, death, work stress and financial burdens have us searching for protection, a way to shield ourselves from the mess of this world.
A place where there isn’t any trouble. Do you suppose there is such a place, Toto?
We all think “back then” was so much simpler, that they didn’t have the stress and worries we do now. But even young Dorothy Gale of Kansas sought a place that was problem free.
The world is not free of trouble now, or back then, or even way back then.
“When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, or that useth divination, or an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God. For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so to do.” (Deuteronomy 18:9-14)
This passage of scripture served as a warning to the Israelites about their Promised Land. It was the land God had sworn to their forefathers and to them, a land flowing with milk and honey. While it was dreamy to think about as they wandered in the wilderness and fled from the slavery and hardships of Egypt, this new land wasn’t one without trouble.
God encouraged them that no matter what was before or around them that they had hope in Him. He wanted to protect them from the evil practices done in the land. He gave them clear instructions for how to deal with the sin and remain holy.
In this world, we will have trouble, Jesus said. But He also said, to take heart, because He has overcome the world! (John 16:33). Our peace is with the Lord Jesus Christ. We cannot completely rid this world from evil, but we can offer peace to those around us with the gospel of Jesus!
Because, truth be told, God is offering a place where there isn’t any trouble. And Dorothy was right, it’s far, far away, beyond the moon, beyond the rain. It’s somewhere over the rainbow, the promise from God of eternity in Heaven.
Do you know Him? I pray you will trust in Him today!