The Love of Safety Is Not Safe

There is nothing safe about the path that leads to safety. Following God requires courage and boldness. There are enemies on every side, both spiritual and earthly. Living as children of light angers the forces of darkness. Jesus says that before we can live, we must die to ourselves. Raising children is a wonderful blessing, but the journey is not a safe one. To tell your kids about God's goodness and faithfulness requires courage and boldness. The pursuit of God is not safe, but it is only way to safety.

It was not safe for the Israelites to be circumcised just before entering into battle with the Canaanites. The whole army was in pain and vulnerable to attack because they obeyed God's command. If the Canaanites had attacked them at that moment they would have been wiped out. But Joshua trusted the command of God to be strong and courageous, even when it was not safe.

Becoming complacent, desiring to be safe, will keep you from loving your God. God does not call you to be safe, he calls you to trust him. This is where safety is found. Solomon issues a stark warning about the danger of playing it safe, being complacent:

"For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.” (Proverbs 1:32-33)

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