Christian’s today have built their version of God—one who is too safe. He is a loving God, but He’s also predictable. And He looks nothing like the God of the Bible–who is totally unpredictable. Many of us may not voice this, but we dislike God as He really is, and we end us steering clear of Him or running from Him like Adam and Jonah, which causes us to wind up in a place that author Mark Buchanan (author of Your God Is Too Safe) calls “borderland,” a strange and safe place that promises nothing and delivers nothing.
The book Your God Is Too Safe urges believers to escape this borderland and live with God in “the holy wild.” This reminds me of God’s people in the Old Testament when He delivered them into the Promised Land.
God promised the a land flowing with milk and honey to the children of Israel as they wandered in the wilderness for decades. And just as they were on the cusp of crossing over into it, a group rose up and asked to stay in nearby cities east of the Jordan because the land was beneficial for their flocks.
Instead of moving into their new Promised Land, they opted for ease and peace in the border land. What they saw was enough for them rather than the unknown goodness that God had assured.
God says step out of that comfort zone.
But you say: stay where it’s nice and safe.
God says: venture on in faith.
But you say: this looks good to me...think I'll camp out right here.
Numbers 32:5., “If we have found favor in your sight, let this land be given to your servants for a possession. Do not take us across the Jordan.”
Members of the tribe of Reuben and Gad approached Moses to ask to stay put. Do not take us across the Jordan they demanded. They preferred prized pasture land over the Promised Land. In what ways have you put yourself where God should be—and determined what your boundaries are for what He’s given you?
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