A primary school in Japan is testing a system to improve the security of students and also give their parents peace of mind. A radio frequency identification tag carried by each student sends a signal to receivers at school gates, and a computer shows when each student enters or leaves. The system can automatically send an e-mail to notify parents that their children have arrived at school or left for home. In cities where children often commute long distances to school, the system has received high marks from parents, and the kids think it’s cool.
In a dangerous world, it’s good to remember that our ultimate safety and protection lie in God’s hands. David recalled a time when he felt completely cut off from the Lord’s help. But he learned that even in desperate situations, God would hide those who fear Him “in the secret place of [His] presence; . . . [He] shall keep them secretly in a pavilion” (Psalm 31:20).
God always knows where we are. There is no place where He does not see our need and hear our cry. “You heard the voice of my supplications when I cried out to You” (v.22).
“Be of good courage,” the psalmist concluded, “and He shall strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the Lord” (v.24).
Our strength and hope is in the Lord—
We rest secure in His sure Word;
And though we’re tempted to despair,
We know we’re kept within His care. —D. De Haan
No one is more secure than the one who is held in God’s hands.