Posts Tagged ‘safety’

It’s true in relationships with people and with God, but every time we consider asking a question other than the “hows it going?” or “why did this happen?” questions, we stay firmly in the same place and don’t change the relationship or grow in any significant way. Why are we reluctant to ask people or God the real questions we have? Fear is one of the dominant reasons. The relationship might end or God might remain silent or not come through-then what?

This never seemed to be a problem with the prophets. Take Habakkuk 1:2-4 for example. These were no first grade questions or accusations and Habakkuk had no hesitation expressing his questions with emotion. He wanted answers now! God comes back with a jolting answer in verses 5 & 6. “You’ll be blown away by the incredible plot line I’m working on.” Word on the Street Habakkuk dares to ask another question.

People want to know we are real, authentic, and understand their issues and questions. God wants us to know we are seriously interested in him more than an answer to our questions.He will give us an answer when he knows we can handle it or that it will drive us deeper in our relationship with him.

What are your questions about not hearing God answer your prayers, why your kid won’t see that you really do care about them, why evil seems to win more than good, why people have to experience such injustices personally, why Christians let the culture control them, why a bad habit in our life never goes away, why we can’t seem to get back to doing church as it seems to have been practiced in the early days of Christianity, why we want to always avoid a disagreeable person…?

Don’;t be afraid of asking God your questions. He wants us to know, love, trust and obey him and he will teach us through our challenging questions. Don’t be afraid of asking another person a challenging question, but make sure your motivation is right.

Kingdom of Comfort

Kingdom of Comfort (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“I didn’t mean it to go this far.” “If I had only known what I know now…” Common and too often statements made by someone who strolls leisurely through life with beautifully disguised traps placed by out enemy that suck us in and destroy our life. They vary, but the intention of the enemy is to disable us from enjoying God and focusing on things that matter most.

There is nothing wrong with being comfortable but when we are following Jesus, he has a way of leading us into conversations or situations that challenge us to take risks that are essential for a life that is directed by God.

Think about  David’s life as king. In 2 Samuel 11 David after sending his men into battle, is perhaps bored and just starts looking for something to do. Having spotted a woman who was stunning he knows his usual nap will be anything but usual. You can read the rest of the periilous story that not only wrecked his life but others as well.

We never know or believe what consequences are put into motion by our focus on living a comfortable lifestyle. Focus is the key word here because when we are committed to doing everything we can to escape any discomfort, we are in danger. David did recover from his sin and God even called him a man after his heart.(Acts 13:22)

Be careful to not make comfort, security, or safety a part of your definition of a meaningful or successful life. These are cleverly disguised traps to keep you and I from what God knows is best for us.

Contrasting Realities

Contrasting Realities (Photo credit: Aaron Dieppa)

Most people in America prefer a life that is safe, comfortable and free from danger. Is there anything wrong with this? That depends on what God has to say on the topic. For instance, as you look at how Jesus did life, it is painfully obvious that he seemed to challenge the status quo and accepted cultural norms every day. Of course those participating in the various “self-centered” clubs of that day not only discouraged others from checking into Jesus but threatened them and Jesus in various ways. They might kick them out of their self-imposed “religious zones” they had created (the only places where God could be worshiped). Or worse they might have them removed from the planet.

To associate with Jesus was to be ready for whatever and it usually was not the picnic in the park by a lake watching swans. But on the other hand, since he had all the authority over life, it was the safest place to be. A want ad in the Nazareth Times might read “wanted: men and women willing to take a journey of a lifetime. Everything provided for an adventure filled with beautiful sights and consistently life-threatening events. Look for Jesus and follow him.”

Philippians 3:10 gives a glimpse of one who answered that ad. Paul said “…I’m up for showing solidarity with him (Jesus) by going through tough times, getting inside his head by facing death…I want the whole lot. I want to know him. Deep. The Word on the Street. And there is 2 Timothy 3:12 which stops many as it clearly points out that to really follow Jesus means you’re in for a lot of trouble. The encouraging word from Jesus himself in Matthew 28:18-20 is that he is with us 24/7.

Danger and safety-ready to respond to the want ad?