“Be safe,” we hear all over the place, and it makes me laugh when I think of the way the children of God are called to live. Wholly trusting the Holy Spirit’s leading, offering ourselves, a living sacrifice. Does that sound safe to you?
Oh, but wait.
After Paul and Silas were drug to prison and locked in stocks, who made the earth quake, causing doors to open and chains to break? When Daniel was cast into a hungry pride, who sent His angel locking the lips of lions? Who fought for and delivered Gideon from armies far bigger than his? Who gave Naomi a daughter after losing husband and sons?
“Not so fast”, you say. “What about the torture so many who trusted the Lord were given to—beheading, burned, hung from a cross?”
Yes, their temporary building was destroyed, but their spirit, (the masterpiece of who they were) was never in danger in their Lord. Truth be known, they passed from death to life long before their flesh perished.
“For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men.” (1 Timothy 4:10)
The death of our bodies is not the scariest thing we face. Not by a long shot. What begins beyond our pulse should concern us most.
“Sustained by such a doctrine we can enjoy security even on earth; not that high and glorious security which renders us free from every slip, but that holy security which arises from the sure promise of Jesus that none who believe in him shall ever perish, but shall be with him where he is.” –Charles Spurgeon