SAFE isn’t SAFE: Waiting for God
Waiting to hear from God. Waiting to be certain we have heard from God….. I fear that we believe we have to some how figure everything out about what God has planned before we move. I fear we do so with the false belief that we are being safe when safe isn’t safe.
In Acts 1:4, 5 you find the Apostles casting lots to discover who will replace Judas. For me it sounds like they decided on a game of Rock-Paper-Scissors or the equally helpful decision maker, Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe. Surely I’m not the only one?
Now you can explain this in many ways, I have read various explanations, but they seem to want to make this sound a lot more certain than it was. Could it be the real answer is safe isn’t safe? They could have played it safe, we need some angel to arrive or a gust of wind or something so that we are certain who the replacement should be. We need to wait for this to happen. We need an angel or a vision.
I like that they did what they did, they kept the church moving forward.
Another line I like in the book of Acts is, “It seemed good.” The Greek word used there could be defined as, “to be of the opinion, to think, to suppose.” Sounds very definitive doesn’t it.
The word shows up in Acts 15:25. The New English Translation says, “we have unanimously decided.” So we took a vote and it seems like a good idea and we need to keep moving forward. Safe isn’t safe.
Too many decisions have been made because of safe. Safe because of people and what the neighbors might think. Safe because of size and support. Safe isn’t safe.
In Acts 16:6 we find that Paul was forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. How do we know Paul didn’t figure that one out because all of his attempts to enter Asia were thwarted and at some point he just said looks like this is a no go per the Holy Spirit?
I’m not sure but I do know I have to keep moving. Safe isn’t safe. Stop waiting for the ideal or some miraculous moment and get going, safe isn’t safe.