Many of us have an adventurous side, we seek what we feel to be “unsafe” situations and explore outside our normal parameters. Yet, we still work to control the environment around us or manipulate or circumstances so that our odds of safety increase. Ultimately, we constantly want to do something with danger involved, but we as humans are trying to find a safe way to have adventure.
Think about what you did today, how often have you willingly put yourself in harm’s way without some sort of safeguard to protect yourself or others? Or for that matter, how much effort and money do we put into making things safer for ourselves whether we are at home or on a hike?
There have even been times in my own life where my human inclination to be safe flows over into the decisions that I consider. I’ve had to be careful because often I want to choose the safer path instead of choosing the path the Lord is directing me to turn. And I need to be reminded how important it is to understand that the Lord has the best plan for me, even if it doesn’t seem the safe way at the time. Some of my best rewards have come by trusting the Lord and taking the more “unsafe” path, which often ends up to be the most adventurous one! And I love adventure. (Yet, sometimes the safe way is the way that the Lord is calling you…so to be clear, I’m not advocating for jumping off a cliff here without knowing that is exactly what you should be doing.)
From recent reading in Acts 7, I have realized that Stephen was a man who knew what it meant to make decisions not based on choosing a safe route-which would have been prolonged his life. He chose to take the path the Lord was calling him to. Also in Acts 7, a summary of Moses leading the Israelites from Egypt to the Promised Land is retold. I find that the Israelite people in this instance are a great example of a people that wanted to take the safe route, but thankfully had a God fearing leader to guide them on the right path. Take a little time to review their story in Exodus 13:17-14:31.
“Then they said to Moses, ‘Is it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you dealt with us in this way, bringing us out of Egypt? Is this not the word that we spoke to you in Egypt, saying, ‘Leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.’” –Exodus 14:11-12
When the Israelites were faced with a choice of path, they desired to go back to slavery with the Egyptians instead of risking everything to cross a hurdle right in front of them with the Lord leading. Can you believe it? They saw slavery (something they had become used to) as safer and more comfortable than what they viewed as wandering in the wilderness. They sought after safety in a time when faced with an important decision; and their trust in the Lord wavered. Thankfully, they had a leader who guided them in the way of the Lord.
Just like the Israelites, we often feel threatened when our safety is challenged. We might feel exposed or be scared of the unknown road ahead. And our judgment becomes clouded by our desire to survive. This is why it is so important to stay in God’s Word, ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit and seek Jesus to lead you on the right path – no matter if it seems safer or not. I need to constantly remember that even in my daily walk. The Lord is so good, and I’m looking forward to my next Adventure!
So – be honest with yourself, which path do you lean toward choosing? And which one should you really choose? Look to the Lord for guidance, don’t do it on your own. 🙂