Safe is not the absence of conflict. It is not the absence of trouble or persecution. Quite the contrary, the Lord reminds us to expect these things.
“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
“Safe” at Crossroads Baptist Church means pursuing the goal of walking with the Lord with an undivided heart so that His presence saturates this place and these people. It comes through the encouragement of His people to one another, following the law of love with each other, bearing with one another in the situations of life and helping each one to become a fully devoted follower of Jesus Christ.
Jesus, Himself, sought out those from whom He was strengthened. First and foremost, He often separated Himself to be with the Father. He was found in the house of Mary and Martha whom He loved very much and there were times that He withdrew from the crowds to be alone with His disciples.
Other examples of great men of the Bible looking for a safe place of comfort in the midst of conflict, war, threats, hardship and trial are:
Elisha withdrawing to the Shunnamite woman’s upper room for refreshment;
David, in great sorrow, seeking out his wife to be comforted;
Paul encouraged by the letters from the congregations of other believers;
Paul encouraged by Timothy, Onesimus and the saints from other churches while in prison.
The Israelites quite literally in the midst of a “death camp” lived as the Death angel passed over those who had put the blood of the lamb over the doorposts while all others experienced the death of their firstborn children and livestock.
It is obvious that this principle of a safe haven is evident in the Scriptures. We can have and be a safe haven in the midst of terrible times of personal and public threat, crisis, heartache, loss and sorrow.