Does God Really Rescue Us from Danger?

January 15, 2014 — Leave A Comment

manwithsunA client posed a really powerful question for himself in our session this week:

“What would someone do in my situation if they really believed God was for them?”

His practice of late has been to consider his circumstances in light of that question, and choose the most courageous course of action it reveals. Brilliant. My clients consistently amaze me like this.

However, when I consider the question in my own life, the curious thing I find is that, for the most part, I really do believe that God is completely for me. The main struggle I experience isn’t in God’s disposition toward me, but in the nature of the battlefield in which my life finds itself. I wish that life was not war, but more and more it’s apparent to me that it is (Ephesians 6:12-18), and not a war God has purposed to protect us from, but rather to train and develop us in the midst of.

I don’t doubt God’s favor so much as I doubt my own capacity to fight, learn from my missteps, develop new skills, and win. I don’t see it as God’s job to remove me from the war, but to train me in the midst of it so that I can win. My part in that is to not tap out, but rather believe (ours is always a fight of faith), trusting in Jesus’ leadership, and learning from his training just as his first disciples did.

So is God for me? Yes, I believe he is. Will he save me from my deepest struggles? Not exactly. I think he will deliver me in the midst of them. I think he will teach me how to overcome through his wisdom and his grace.

What do you think?

 

Michael Warden

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4 responses to Does God Really Rescue Us from Danger?

  1. I love how this challenges me to think about how I see God in the midst of my difficulties. Thanks, Michael!

  2. Great post, Mike. I have seen that whether we are “Calvinists”, “Arminians” or “Calminian” we have to deal with the question of what role do we play and what freedom does God really give us (at least from our perspective). In other words, I have seen how we simply cannot hide behind theological systems on this one, this is a very practical topic, so thanks for raising it.

    One of the big questions God has asked me over the last couple of years that seems diametrically opposed to the theology of my younger years is, “What do you want, Tim?” …so liberating, but not always so easy to answer because sometimes I want God to give me the black and white answer. My God-desire wants can lead me into and through struggle He has been showing me that unless He asks that question and expresses that He trusts me in the midst of it, I won’t grow up into true maturity. But the kicker for me was that He has told me, He would process it with me through the whole journey and I think that is what has made this topic so breathtaking and life-giving for me.

    • Exactly! Love your thought on this Tim. I agree that God’s relationship with us is developmental; he engages with us differently as we grow up in faith. How strange (and unhealthy) it would be if a parent still told his adult child exactly what to do in every aspect of life, yet I think we often want to stay in this kind of arrested development with respect to faith, because it keeps us from having to take responsibility for our lives. Sometimes for those who say God no longer speaks to them, I wonder if God is simply waiting for them to have the courage to follow their own heart.

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