Proverbs 3:26 “For the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.”
Growing up, many of us had a favorite place to go when we were scared or uncertain. I personally had 2. If I knew I was in trouble, I would line up all of my stuffed animals and try to lie real still behind them in hopes that I wouldn’t be seen. (Pro tip: that doesn’t work!) If I was scared and I wasn’t in trouble, my favorite place was in my dad’s lap. I liked to go there because my dad had all the answers, he was incredibly strong, and he would always take care of me. That’s the idea that Proverbs 3 gives us referring to God. He is our confidence and protection from traps. He’s our safe place.
The Psalmist uses different imagery of a shepherd taking care of his sheep. The shepherd is responsible to guide the sheep, feed the sheep, and protect them from danger. Even though he moves, as long as the sheep are with him they are safe. Even if they go through near death experiences, the shepherd will do everything in his power to keep his sheep. The Lord is MY shepherd. He protects, provides, and guides in ways that no one else could.
But sometimes, we get a little high minded and question the Shepherd’s guidance, provision, or protection. God chides Job for this in Job 38. “Who do you think you are? You are talking about things you know nothing about!” (paraphrase of v 2). For the next 2 chapters, God asks Job questions that showcase Job’s ignorance or at the very least inadequacy to answer with any authority. So often when dealing with situations, we feel like we know what’s going on and we wonder why God is doing things a certain way. Yet it is HE who truly knows the situation, the choices and the outcomes. It is HE who is in control, not us. And it is HE who is worthy of our trust. Just as Joseph could have easily felt like his situation didn’t make sense, or Abram, or Moses, or…or…or… The list could go on.
It’s important that as we evaluate our stance, we need to not count our own understanding as the reliable source, but the God who created all things and Who is omniscient. “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart, and lean not on thine own understanding; in all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.” In times of fear, trial, difficulty, or even in times of peace, make sure that your “safe place” is with God and in your ever growing and deepening relationship with Him.