Thursday, October 07, 2010
God is not safe, but He is good
What is meant when the Bible says that God is awesome? The same ancient word that is translated “awesome” is also translated “terrible”.
The idea is that God is so holy and just, to catch a glimpse of Him stirs us with awe and fear. We both wonder at Him and tremble in His presence.
C.S. Lewis captures this sense of God’s fearsomeness and awesomeness in his Narnia story.
Aslan is a lion and a Christ figure in the story. Narnia is a land where it is always winter but never Christmas because of the evil workings of a witch.
Four small children stumble into this world and along the way they encounter a couple of small creatures who can talk. The creatures take the children in and give them something to eat.
They explain to the children about the dark and cold place that Narnia has become but then add, they have heard that Aslan is on the move.
They have hope that the mighty lion will overthrow the witch and Narnia will be transformed.
The youngest child asks about Aslan, “Is he safe?” and the little creature replies, “No, but he is good.”
God is not safe. He is terrible, fearsome, mighty and awesome. God is not safe, but He is good.
Currently the church that I serve is in a season of seeking God in all of His holiness. We are being impacted so that we’ve been confessional about sin; humbled to think less of self and more of Him; stirred to pull down the competitors in our hearts that displace God’s supremacy.
Aslan/God is on the move. He is pushing back darkness and deception and giving sight to blind eyes to see Him.
What will be the outcome of God moving among us? I don't know. What I do know is this, "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord". (Joshua 24:15)