“But whoever listens to me will dwell safely, and will be secure without fear of evil” (Pro. 1:33)
At his reign, the wise king Solomon once thought Israeli people on word of GOD saying “But whoever listens to me will dwell safely, and will be secure without fear of evil.” Hearing GOD’s, dwelling safely and being secure without fear are the main themes we can find in this quote. (Proverbs 1:33)
The essence of listening to GOD’s words is implied in the story of Martha when LORD Jesus said to her, “Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” (Luke 10: 38-42)
Israel then shall dwell in safety alone: the fountain of Jacob shall be upon a land of corn and wine; also his heavens shall drop down dew. The more we dwell alone, the more safe shall we be. God would have His people separate from sinners; His call to them is, “Come ye out from among them.”…A worldly Christian is spiritually diseased. Those who compromise with Christ’s enemies may be reckoned with them. Our safety lies, not in making terms with the enemy, but in dwelling alone with our Best Friend. If we do this, we shall dwell in safety despite the sarcasms, the slanders, and the sneers of the world. We shall be safe from the baleful influence of its unbelief, its pride, its vanity, its filthiness. (Deuteronomy 33:28)
To say that all human beings cling to a hope, however, is not to say that all human beings have a true, living hope. Many non-believers place their hope in things that are only fleeting money, fame, power and so on. Yet to hope in such things is really to be hopeless. Because such things will one day come to an end, to have hope in them is to have only a dead hope.
Christian, however, does not have a dead hope. As Peter tells us in today’s passage, we have a living hope. This living hope will never end and sustains us as we endure suffering. (1 Peter 1:3)
Ours is a living hope only because its foundation is the resurrection of Jesus from the dead (volume 3). The fact that Jesus was raised to life two thousand years ago gives us an unwavering conviction that our hope is not in vain. His resurrection vindicates Him as the Lord of creation who is even now making all things new. (Revelation 21:5)
This living hope is our hope of salvation that includes an imperishable inheritance. The new life that we have in Christ is something that can never be taken away. In fact, it will be even more glorious once we reach the eternal state. (1 Peter 1:4)
Faith is what brings hope into our lives but fear is one derivative of modern life we endure every day. We are working often in jeopardy; living in unsacred marriage, raising obstreperous children and struggling with in social evils; the world is chained in deviance and so, fearsome rises within us. According to the medical practitioners, we have produced an age of unprecedented anxiety. Some people take medicines to cope with fear while others get relief in meditation. In scripted also in the Holy Bible, many have had to face their own fear. The Israelis provocative forty years of expedition in the blistering wilderness, scuffling enemies and often having to survive with less much fare led to in faring death. Mortals face the fear of persecution during and after our lifetime. Sometimes yielding, but more often faith is the inundation through and enable them to deal with the violent opposition to their new faith.
But Christians having faith in the LORD and Savior Jesus Christ, we remain safe. The Holy Bible is our guide in life teaching the Gospel for Christians to abide by the commandments living Christian life; henceforth, enter eternal life. But we ought to listen to his words as he said,, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs in transient way, the same is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens and the sheep hear his voice; and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he brings out his own sheep, he goes before them and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. Yet they will by no means follow a stranger, but will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of stranger.” (John 10:1-6)
Let’s follow the voice of our Shepherd and dwell safely!
Source: “Living hope is a fallen world” by Paul J. Bucknell,