We are often hindered from giving up our treasures to the Lord out of fear for their safety. This is especially true when those treasures are loved relatives and friends. But we need have no such fears. Our Lord came not to destroy but to save. Everything is safe which we commit to Him, and nothing is really safe which is not so committed.
(The Pursuit of God,Tozer, pg 28)
The above words of A.W. Tozer, thought written several decades ago, still ring true today. So often, we try really hard to protect everything we have. With home security systems, car alarms, safes, security guards, and security cameras, we try to protect our stuff, ourselves, and our families. If you have ever worked in construction, manufacturing, or the oil & gas industry, you have been told a thousand times things like “safety is our top priority,” “safety is our number #1 value,” “nothing is too important that it can’t be done safely,” etc, etc. You’ve probably sat through endless training sessions that try to make you “think safety” and you may even have a dozen different ID cards to prove how “safe” and well-trained you are. Even with all this safety talk, there are still accidents and injuries every day of the week. Hopefully not all at one job site, but somewhere every day there are incidents, accidents, injuries and workers comp claims being filed. Car accidents happen constantly, understaffed hospitals are filled with patients, and health and life insurance claims are piling up. The reality or our lives is that that are brief and they are fragile. We will all die–some of us today, some tomorrow–but at some point in our lives we all end up dead. We try not to think about it because it’s uncomfortable and unpleasant. We try our best to avoid injury and death at great expense. But no amount of training, security equipment, or crash-testing can change this reality.
What then should we do? “Live life to the fullest,” is what people say. “Chase your dreams,” “love like there’s no tomorrow,” “carpe diem!” Although I agree with some of these cliche sayings, I believe the best possible way to live life is in total surrender to God. I know, that doesn’t necessarily sound like a lot of fun–go skydiving, rocky-mountain-climbing, bull-riding (Tim McGraw song reference, anyone?). However, I think most would agree that a meaningful life trumps a fun life every time. What Tozer is getting at in the above quotation (and in his entire book) is that we can and should trust God with our lives, including all of our stuff and our relationships. Abraham trusted that God would keep His promises through his son Isaac, and even if Isaac was killed, he trusted that God could raise him from the dead. Abraham believed God, trusted in His character, and let God rule in his heart. He was tested with giving up his son because his love for Isaac had become a sort of idol in his heart. But when tested, he obeyed God and was willing to give up his beloved son for God’s sake. We should follow Abraham’s example. I’m not suggesting cutting firewood and taking our favorite kids up on a mountain. But I am suggesting that we surrender all of our possessions, all of our relationships and loved ones–even our kids–to the Lord.
What does this look like in our daily lives? Spending time alone with God when we could be playing with our kids; giving generously to our church and people in need when we could be saving more or buying more; it may mean adjusting our dreams for our family to include serving God as our top priority; it could mean that we fasten our seatbelts and buy insurance, but we know in our hearts that we could be standing before the Lord at any moment. We should commit everything that is ours and everything that we are to God without fear, because we can trust Him and He is faithful.
What things do you do to keep yourself trusting God with your stuff? With your family?