The children were afraid when Mr. Beaver told them they would meet the lion. "Is he safe?" they asked. Mrs. Beaver, surprised at such a silly question, quickly answered them:
"Safe? Who said anything about safe? 'Course he's not safe. But he's good. He's the king, I tell you!"*
We think we have a helper Jesus. One who gives us nice homes and healthy families and secure jobs and good dinner. We pray and ask that he would guard us from danger and give us this daily bread. But we face no real dangers, and our daily bread is at the grocery store. God will give us that. But I don't think he wants us to be that comfortable. Jesus helps us, but He wants to challenge us.
Jesus told us we would have trouble in this world. But when we lose our job or get sick, we ask,"Why does this happen to me?" We ask why the righteous die, just as Solomon did. "Why?" is a good question. But the answer is nearer than we think.
Troubles come so God can teach us. So we can learn to lean on him. Let us consider that sickness may be more of a blessing than health, that poverty is better than affluence, that hunger is better than a full stomach. Maybe we should live in such a way that our daily bread comes through prayer. Maybe we should fast, and trust Him to sustain us. Or maybe we should sell everything we have and give it to the poor.
I don't think He was kidding.
If you're looking for financial security, it's not the way to go. If you're looking to live a long life, it's not the way to go. But if you want a full life, Jesus beckons. And if we fear Him, but trust Him, what else shall we fear?
Is He safe? Whoever said anything about safe? 'Course He's not safe. But He's good. He's the King, I tell you!
*C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, chapter 7