Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. (Ps. 20:7)

They wanted to live somewhere safe. So the couple facing retirement did their research. They checked out every place in the world where they thought it would be safe to live—the least likely place to get embroiled in conflict and warfare. To be sure, there are hot spots in the world where no one would want to move if they were seeking peace and quiet and freedom from controversy.

Dismayed with the amount of discord in the world, they wanted to get away from it all. It seemed everybody was upset with somebody. The liberals and the conservatives, the tolerant and the intolerant, the “haves” and the “have nots.” Where could they go to escape conflict?

They finally decided the safest place to live was the Falkland Islands, off the coast of Argentina. So they moved there in 1982, just before Great Britain and Argentina fought a ten-week war over the British dependent territory! Is any place safe?

Some ancient Israelites trusted in horses and chariots, the sophisticated weapons of their day, to keep them safe. In more modern times, the Cold War supposedly put an end to the notion that having the most missiles and nuclear weapons would guarantee one’s safety.

Like the psalmist, we’re safer if we put our trust in the name of the Lord our God. We’ll sleep better at night too.

Instead of counting sheep, put your trust in the Good Shepherd.

Ron McClung lives in Fishers, Indiana, with his wife Carol. He has written his weekly column, Positive Perspective, for more than thirty years.

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Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.