Listen to today’s devo!

Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe. (Ps. 61:2–3)

Several years ago, Jodie Foster starred in Panic Room, a movie in which she and her daughter were engaged in a deadly cat-and-mouse game with three bad guys ransacking their brownstone home in New York City. A hidden room had been built into the apartment specifically designed to keep occupants safe in the event of a break-in or any other outside threat. Foster’s panic room was reinforced, nearly impenetrable, and secure—much more robust than a converted broom closet or walled-off section of the attic. The panic room was safe space.

Apparently from someplace far away from the familiarity of home, David shouted to God. He confessed weariness and fear (which may or may not have been but a prelude to panic) and petitioned God to grant him the benefit of safe space. God’s presence sheltered, protected, and secured: the Lord became his safe place.

When we find ourselves in unfamiliar territory, besieged by forces or foes who do not have our best interests in mind, following the lead of this ancient warrior opens access to the possibilities of God’s protection and the provision of divine asylum. Every one of us have experiences of intimidation and apprehension when a foe—named or unnamed—ransacks our lives and that which is most desperately needed is safe space. In our behalf, God posts love and faithfulness as lookouts to safeguard us.

Shelter in place with God, our safe space.

Ed Rotz works with PastorServe, a coaching network to strengthen pastors. He served The Wesleyan Church for forty-five years as a pastor and district superintendent.

© 2020 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.