July 19, 2013
No, I’m not talking about the companies that oversee sporting events and rock concerts. Instead, this blog post is about feeling safe anywhere – even in the middle of a crowd.
Throughout Jesus’ ministry he was surrounded by multitudes of people, looking to him for healing. He was thronged repeatedly. Nor were the gatherings always pleasant. Luke reports that one such crowd “rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.” But Jesus was so convinced of his safety and innocence that he “passing through the midst of them went his way, and came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the Sabbath days.” (see chapter 4:29-31)
What did Jesus know that assured him there was no danger? He certainly was clear that no matter what, he could not be separated from God, love. The Apostle Paul explains it this way, “I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God.” Paul then makes plain that this divine love is manifested in “Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38,39)
Another Bible story reports a woman who wished to remain unseen in the multitude, as she sought to touch Jesus’ robe for healing. Because of her illness, she should not have been in public, let alone in physical contact with others, but she hoped for anonymity amongst the throng. However, Jesus discerned her need, healed her, then asked her to come forward. Instead of shaming or exposing her, he restored her to her full status as a daughter of Abraham. (see Mark 5:25-34 for example)
In the old testament Elisha reassured his servant Gehazi that “they that be with us are more than they that be with them” when it appeared they were surrounding by a host of marauders. The threatening crowd was dispersed by God’s “horses and chariots of fire.” (II Kings 6:16,17)
Jesus and Elisha both proved that the crowd had no power either to harm, to hide, or to hinder. That same clarity of thought is available to you, for there is no spot where God is not. Trust this omnipotent power to not only keep you safe at all times but to guide you and guard you under all circumstances.
You are His beloved child and He has given His angels charge over you to keep you in ALL your ways.
Melissa Hayden is a Christian Science practitioner in Salem, OR. You can find more information and additional articles at this link. If you like what you’re reading, click the “add me” button.