In the Word: An Unsafe God

In the Word smallI was reading this morning in my “Run to Him” devotional, and what I read made be cry.  Hard.  I had already read Psalm 16 and was pondering it, when I turned into the devotional to read this week’s introduction.  Author Lara Williams was relating a story about reading through Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe with her children.  She commented that at times, she had to stop reading because what she would read, would overwhelm her with emotions.

In particular, she related the portion of the story where Lucy is talking about Aslan.  Her description of Aslan is:

He isn’t safe, but he’s good.

And then I started bawling.

I think everybody wants to believe in a safe God.  I think (personally) that even athiests and agnostics would prefer to believe in a safe God. “Safe” implies entirely understandable, explainable, and reasonable – to the extent that a human brain can understand, explain and reason what seems so hard to comprehend.

We wants explanations {that make sense to us} about childhood cancer, about human trafficking, about famine & disease, about injustice and inhumanity, about rape, about the “WHY” of so many things in life.

Like car accidents.  And stillborn babies.  And moms who die.  And dads who leave.  And fanatics who behead others with different ideologies.  And suicide bombers who kill hundreds.  And soldiers with PTSD who randomly kill.  And wars that leave the youngest & best scarred for life – even invisibly.

A God who cannot provide these answers to OUR satisfaction is Unsafe.

But a God who is Good is different.

He promises peace in a storm.  He promises He will never leave, even at the lowest moment of isolation.  He promises Joy to replace sorrow.  He offers eternal life when one deserves death.  He offers forgiveness and mercy for the horror of sin.

He does not offer to remove difficult or challenge in every circumstance.  So unsafe…

He does not promise rescue from pain or death experienced in our very unsafe world.

But He does promise PROMISE itself.

I am moved by a God who doesn’t waver.  Who doesn’t shift because of my questioning.  or anyone else’s for that matter.  I am moved by a God who is stronger than my accusations, gentler than my expectations, and more solid than my wavering faith.

I am moved by a God who is Unsafe but Good.

“Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you.” ~ Psalm 16:1

What have you read or learned about God in the past week that has impressed itself upon your heart & mind?

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