In The Lion, the Witch & The Wardrobe there is a conversation that takes place that I want to share with you:
“Aslan a man? Certainly not. I tell you he is the King of the woods and the son of the great Emperor-beyond-the Sea. Don’t you know who is the King of Beasts? Aslan is a lion – the Lion, the great Lion.”
“Ooh!” said Susan. “I’d thought he was a man. Is he quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion.”
“That you will, dearie, and make no mistake,” said Mrs. Beaver, “if there’s anyone who can appear before Aslan without their knees knocking, they’re either braver than most or else just silly.”
“Then he isn’t safe?” said Lucy.
“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver. “Don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about being safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”
These few lines say a lot about how we so often see God. We have not done a very good job of painting a picture of who He is in our society. We have made Him out to be safe. He is anything but safe. I’m pretty sure that His hair was not always perfect, His teeth where not whitened, His clothes where not always without wrinkles, He offended people, and became irritated to the point of upsetting people. Take a look at these verses: Matthew 12:1-4, Luke 4:28-30, Luke 11:45-54, John 2:13-17
We serve a good God but He is definitely not safe.
I think there is an idea out there that if you follow Jesus your life will be safe, easy and predictable. This is just not true. As a matter of a fact if you follow God it will be anything but safe. Check out Luke 9:23 for instance. He doesn’t say pick up you bean bag and follow me. It’s a cross we’re called to bear.