Safe - Sunday August 22, 2010
The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runs into it and is safe. Proverbs 19:10
Bilbo Baggins was a hobbit, and the main character in the classic book The Hobbit. Bilbo lived a predictable, safe life with all the other hobbits in the Shire. Leaving the security of the Shire was unheard of until he met the great wizard Gandalf. During one of their adventures, Bilbo found a very powerful magic ring, which led him on more journeys outside the Shire. The ring's power also caused Bilbo to remain young, and gave him a sense of security for many years. We all like to feel safe and secure, but often what we trust in for safety is an illusion, and fails us in the end.
Are you trapped in a job, career, or relationship simply because it feels "safe"? I meet people all the time who fear change and doubt God's love, so they remain inside the safety and security of the Shire. They aren't convinced that God will provide the best, protect them, and give them the strength to do His will. I know men who stayed in a career or in the ministry because it paid the bills, and they didn't know what else to do to meet their needs. I know men and women who settled for a relationship with someone who lacked godly character. It felt like a safe place for these folks, even though they were unhappy, and had to make compromises. They played it safe like most good hobbits.
Should they have listened to their conscience and moved on?
Follow the leading of the Spirit, be committed to other Christians, and obey God's Word. Has God ever failed you? He is the only really safe place to run.
Steve S. Nelson
One-Year Reading Plan:
1 Corinthians 14:18-40
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