“But the day of the Lord will come . . . and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.”
— 2 Peter 3:10
When life hands us difficult circumstances and dangerous situations, we all need safe hiding places. When you face the fire, where do you go to seek rescue?
A whole host of dangers lie in life’s path, and at any time those dangers can threaten to overtake us. Many say we have a multitude of places to seek safety from life’s challenges, but truly we have only one—Jesus Christ.
Consider the early pioneers who traveled across the vast plains of America. As they crossed the country, they often found themselves in a sea of grass for miles on end. In autumn, the grass turned brown and dry from exposure to the sun and lack of water. This condition caused a huge fire hazard, and the pioneers greatly feared seeing a wall of fire coming their way. They feared that they would have no escape as the wind blew the fire toward them faster than they could run. But the pioneers devised a way to survive this hazard. When they saw a wall of fire coming toward them, they ignited the grass behind them. The wind bringing the fire toward them also blew out the fire behind them, leaving a safe firebreak. The pioneers simply moved into the center of the blackened area, and when the larger wall of fire approached them, it went around them, leaving them unscathed. The pioneers’ only safe haven in the midst of the fire was where the fire had already been.
We read in 2 Peter that “the day of the Lord will come…and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.” Even as we read, the fire of God’s wrath comes upon this world, and we have only one safe hiding place. When that fire comes, we need to run to the place where the fire has already been—the cross of Christ. Through faith in Christ we realize that the fire that fell upon Him should have fallen upon us, and we find the one place of escape.
Perhaps you face a wall of fire today. If so, seek the One who has endured the fire, for you’ll find safety only in His presence.