What makes us “safe” with God?
I was thinking of this after reading one of Spurgeon’s devotionals the other day from Morning and Evening. Assuming that someone cares that they are (or are not) safe with God, its a pretty important question.
“Pleasant it is to the believer to know that God’s eye is thus tenderly observant of that work of grace which he has begun. He never loses sight of the treasure which he has placed in our earthen vessels. Sometimes we cannot see the light, but God always sees the light, and that is much better than our seeing it. Better for the judge to see my innocence than for me to think I see it. It is very comfortable for me to know that I am one of God’s people–but whether I know it or not, if the Lord knows it, I am still safe.”
Now don’t hear what Spurgeon is not saying. He’s not saying that, “You have no response to Him to make,” or “There’s nothing you can know about God, and what He is up to in your life.” Read the quote below for his thoughts on that.
But what he is saying is something I have adopted as a basic, underlying philosophy to life. Its actually the starting point of all theological explorations for me and I encourage others to adopt it as well.
God is God, and I am not
It really is just that simple. If God is God, then there are going to be things that He not only does, but even knows – about the world, life, and even myself – that I am not only unaware, but unable to estimate in the same regard as He does. When doubt creeps in for whatever reason, I can still and always trust that God is God, and I am not.
“You may be sighing and groaning because of inbred sin, and mourning over your darkness, yet the Lord sees “light” in your heart, for he has put it there, and all the cloudiness and gloom of your soul cannot conceal your light from his gracious eye. You may have sunk low in despondency, and even despair; but if your soul has any longing towards Christ, and if you are seeking to rest in his finished work, God sees the “light.” He not only sees it, but he also preserves it in you. “I, the Lord, do keep it.” This is a precious thought to those who, after anxious watching and guarding of themselves, feel their own powerlessness to do so. The light thus preserved by his grace, he will one day develop into the splendour of noonday, and the fulness of glory. The light within is the dawn of the eternal day.”
– C.H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening, Day 5