As I was thinking to myself about alcohol abuse (in the shower, as all blog ideas start), I thought about how God’s command not to get drunk is for our safety. Think of how much getting drunk has hurt relationships – parents losing responsibility to their children, people abusing wife, husband or children, or of course people taking advantage of other people’s drunken stupor.
But I thought of how telling people God wants it for our “safety” is true, yet very unappealing to so many people. This is especially true with young men, as they want adventure. But women too do not want to be “in safety” forever. As I thought this, I realized how wrong I was if I believe that God calls us to be safe. It is not only unappealing but also misleading.
If Christians were to be “playing it safe”, the Bible would be really boring. And anyone who has read that thing knows it is far from. Real stories of kings and queens and royalty. Wandering in the desert for years and years. Death. A man who was brutally beaten and killed on a cross. Followers killed. People escaping from prison. Sneaking into countries through a job but then preaching the Word of God up and down the streets.
If you are up for an adventure, embrace God’s call. Spiritually speaking, those “rules” ARE to keep us safe. Also to keep us safe physically but even moreso emotionally. Those things I listed earlier about drunkenness end up killing us much worse inside than outside (generally speaking).
What I’m trying to say is that the next time someone says they do not want to be a Christian because they want to really “live life”, don’t buy into that lie. The Creator knows His creation’s needs. This includes: He knows our mental/emotional needs for danger and excitement. The Christian life, when truly embraced, is far from boring. It does involve a lot of waiting sometimes, but waiting does not mean to sit around in your house all day.
I’m not here to say that God is going to put you in danger and make you work your way out. Absolutely not.
4Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
– Psalm 23:4 ESV
People often use this verse to remember that God keeps us safe. But you can’t miss that it does not mean we won’t go into the “valley of the shadow of death”. There is evil all around us. We are in great danger. But the Lord comforts us and we have no need to FEAR.
If an adventure is what you want, God is a worthy Giver.