Some things that appear dangerous are actually much less hazardous than their safer-looking alternatives. Commercial airline travel, for instance, is 30 times safer than transportation by car. It may not seem that way to the person who would rather fight rush hour traffic on the ground than ride a solitary Boeing 747 at 35,000 feet. But out of 5 million scheduled commercial flights in 1982, only 5 resulted in fatal accidents. Being carried by tons of metal thrust through the air by huge jet engines is actually safer than being pulled along in an 8-cylinder machine that never leaves the ground.
The same thing is true in our journey through life. Following the Lord may seem perilous. It must have appeared that way to Timothy, who seemed to have his share of white-knuckle takeoffs along the path of discipleship. It also looked too risky to those in Asia who turned away from Paul when he was imprisoned for speaking in behalf of Christ. But in reality, the apostle Paul had chosen the safest way to travel through life, and he wanted Timothy to experience that same security. He reminded him to be sensitive to the Spirit’s leading. He explained to him that a path that involves suffering for Christ is ultimately safer than all other alternatives. That’s why Paul could declare with confidence, “I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day” (2 Timothy 1:12).
Commit yourself to the Lord no matter what the cost. It’s the safest way to live. – Martin R. De Haan II
Son of the living God! Oh, call us
Once and again to follow Thee;
And give us strength, whate’er befall us,
Thy true disciples still to be. – Martin
Safety is not the absence of danger but the presence of God.
- March 29, 1984, Our Daily Bread