This post, from Large Family Mothering, really spoke to my heart:
“We are a planning, plotting, goal-reaching people. We are taught to strategize and have all of our ducks in a row. With all of the danger and uncertainty in the world, people are looking for more ways to feel secure…
Life is not easy—no matter how one tries to make it seem so. I know some people who live what I call “prophylactic” lifestyles. They don’t just live—they are making sure that they have accounted for every contingency. They exist according to a plethora of checklists for everything from leaving the house to preventive medical tests and exams. Many are even religious for the same reasons; they want to be sure they go to heaven, but their god is not the God of the Bible; but the god of “necessity” or even “convenience”. He is a small, weak and deaf deity, unable or incapable of bringing them through tragedy and heartache. Their goal in life is not to glorify the true God and enjoy Him forever; their goal is to keep themselves “safe” from trouble.”
Boy it’s a balance, isn’t it? Exercising the wisdom and principles of Scripture, but ALWAYS allowing the sovereignty of God and our faith in Him and His voice to “trump” our circumstances.
I’ve read several stories lately of people who stepped out in faith, doing what God was telling them to do though it defied logic, the counsel of friends, and the common sense of the world. They chose obedience, not safety.
We’ve been called to walk that path a time or two, yet it’s very easy for me to sink back into, “But what if…”
Let’s recall the stories of the great men and women of faith. Let’s remember Abraham, Sarah, David, Daniel, Esther, and Paul. Men and women who embraced the foolishness of man in exchange for the wisdom of God. Saints who loved God more than they loved being “safe”.
Few of us will encounter the perils that these and others have. ”Safe” for us involves things like money, the approval of friends and family, etc. Few of us will be faced with obedience versus death or physical suffering. Can we not follow Him for these few sacrifices?
May we walk in faith, with confidence, knowing that “He is faithful who has called us and also will do it”! What joy to be in the center of His will!
“…even if some days it looks as though the Philistines are winning, we are sure that those things we have entrusted to Him, He is able to keep for us and for His everlasting glory.”