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Trusting God Ain’t Safe

When I encounter ‘a tough decision’, or ‘precarious encounter’, or even just a ‘risky predicament’, I tend to subconsciously assess things and determine ‘the easy way’, or ‘the safe way’, and maybe even just the most efficient way to resolve the decision, the encounter, or the predicament. Seems feasible, right? No one would fault me for doing what most would agree was a mature approach to ‘woes’ in my life. After-all, as the saying goes; “Everyone else is Doing it; why Can’t we?” Right! Well, ‘the safe’ way isn’t the ‘trusting God way’ most the time. When I encounter ‘a tough decision’, or ‘precarious encounter’, or even just a ‘risky predicament’, I tend to subconsciously assess things and determine ‘the easy way’, or ‘the safe way’, and maybe even just the most efficient way to resolve the decision, the encounter, or the predicament. Seems feasible, right? No one would fault me for doing what most would agree was a mature approach to ‘woes’ in my life. After-all, as the saying goes; “Everyone else is Doing It; Why Can’t We?” right! Well, ‘the safe’ way isn’t the ‘trusting God way’ most the time.

Do NOT construe that last sentence to even ‘hint’ that God’s ways are risky, God’s choices are precarious, or any of that other ‘living on the edge’ hype-nonsense. Rather, like Psalms 23:4 reminds us; “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.”, which is to say that His protection is always around you ‘when’ you encounter even ‘the valley’ in your life. Not; since His protection enwraps you, tear through ‘the valley’ without care or concern! The core point is, His guiding hand leads you… sometimes ‘through’ those not-so-safe appearing encounters… and even, His way ‘may appear’ to be an unsafe, unintelligent, even unpopular solution. Rest on this additional promise from Psalms 9:10, which encourages us; “And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.”

How?
Take an extra breath, an extra pause, maybe even an extra moment or two, the next time you SO quickly analyze, assess, then decide a course of action… consider His peace in that moment, and honestly and vulnerably lay your heart and mind before the Lord; waiting on His leading for your answer… See, John 12:26 confirms; “If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honor.”, which is surely much, much different than deciding a course of action based on probability factors, society pressures, or even just your own insecurities. Trusting God Ain’t Safe, it’s His calling… listen, follow, and be blessed!

G.W. Bill Elliott, Jr. MDiv VocalBillity Devotionals

Seen on the website of Florence Simmons, author and writer: www.common-sensewisdom.com, write4hym@hotmail.com

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