Dabar [theme]

He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Monday, December 25, 2006

Balance, Risk & Security

Risk; a possible danger. usually negative outcome,
(why?) a danger: the potential (conventionally negative) (again why?) impact of an event, determined by combining the likelihood of the event occurring with the impact should it occur

Security; the condition of not being threatened

Balance; equilibrium in movement, support for both viewpoints, neutrality
Neutral; favouring neither the supporting nor opposing viewpoint; unbiased: neither beneficial nor harmful.

Neutrality; the state or quality of being neutral; the condition of disengagement; indifference.
Balance does require risk and sometimes opposition, in order to gain some semblance, however fragile, of security.
Support (i.e. faith, enabling, giftedness) however minuscule in relation to risk enables and strengthens the risk-taker to go beyond the limits or acceptable parameters of logic to acquire that for which the risk is taken. Security may not lie in the strength of the position nor in the power of the opposition the risk-taker faces to appropriate, but in the need for security that is brought about by necessity, or by faith, or by obedience.
1 Chronicles 11:19, '...shall I drink the blood of these men who have put their lives in jeopardy? For at the risk of their lives they brought it." The mighty men of David believing in the anointing of David as King by God, strengthened themselves in that faith and fought for the water that they gave to David. The King's advancement was their own, the strength of God's power on David was their own, and in that strength there was only success to be gained. The risk of failure was negated by the opportunity to do for God's servant an act of sacrifice and courage, placing themselves in harm's way. Sacrifice and risk left security and balance to achieve what could not be achieved outside of God's will. David's vision for the glory of God has not abated since the day he slew Goliath, this vision is obviously captured in the hearts of the brave men who took up with him as their King. This vision for fighting with and on behalf of the armies of the Lord invigorated and charged these men with the fortitude and desire to see God's glory manifested through their every action, even the insignificant or trivial item like obtaining a drink of water from a well surrounded by Philistines. The kingdom of God was alive and well in their souls, burning them with the desires of God for His glory and honour. It was alive and well in the leadership of David who realizing the power of his word and command, even the mutterings of his desires which took men to the point of death and sacrifice for him, spilt out the drink as an offering. In humility his position as King was now fully entrenched in his mind and the incredible responsibility and accountability for his every word and action was fully placed upon his shoulders as his right as King and anointed of God.
Obedience has risk, Psalms 15:4b...he who swears to own hurt and does not change (in other words integrity at any cost). This is exemplified to the extreme in Judges 11:29-35, where Jephthah make vow to God and is stricken with grief when it is his daughter who must bear the cost of his swearing an oath. Judges 11:30, 'Jephthah made a vow to the Lord ... whatever comes out of the doors of my house ... it shall be the Lord's ... (vs 34) behold, his daughter was coming out to meet him...' The entanglement created by a presumably rash and thoughtless vow, a risk taken in purchasing favour from God, may require a cost which exceeds our reasonable expectations of payment. The path of the Christian is such, God asks, God requires, God expects, and it is never unreasonable of Him in His contingency for our salvation to claim whatever He sees as fit, as His right of surrender.
Necessity has risk ...Matthew 18:7, 'Woe to the world because of offenses! for there is necessity for the stumbling blocks to come...' Life in this world is fraught with the dangers of sin. It is bad enough that we are subject to sin by our affiliation of birth, but to have to deal with the daily onslaught and pervasiveness of our society to encourage the pursuit of personal satisfaction at whatever cost is sometimes too much to bear. It is in this culture that we stumble and fall and trip. God permits these for holy and wise ends, that we may be a people who overcome by the power of the Spirit, that we may be sincere and humble, acknowledging our weakness and leaning on the strength of Christ's love and sacrifice.
Risk is found in relationship. It is no different with God.
Balance is found in relationship. It is no different with God, disequilibrium with God is balance by definition of the Author of life (edification, growth). Security or what human nature would define as security is not an aspect of God's nature, but is Incorporated into the context of faith (just ask Jeremiah). The infallibility of God (and all His omnis) are joined with the obstinate and criminal mind of man in the projection of His glory to all nations, a raising up of a people who are called by His name for His honour and in this 'inseparable conjunction' the Kingdom of God is defined. It is "the society in which God's will is done in the present world; it is the dynamic presence of God; it is the now/but not yet tension created by the Spirit of God in the present world" *Jesus Creed*

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