Play it Safe or Lack of Faith?

“You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.” -Psalm 91:5-6

After the birth of our son last May, we quickly realized how expensive medical care can be. Fortunately, we were part of a Christian sharing organization which covered all our expenses.

With COVID and the added monthly cost of baby James to our “insurance”, we began to question whether it was worth paying since neither of us planned on having another child anytime soon and any “what if’s” pointed toward a lack of Faith. Or at least, that is what some Christians were saying.

I surely didn’t want our money to be sowed into our fear. Nor did I want to plan for scenarios that, in Faith, I prayed would never occur. Things like debilitating injuries, severe illness, or some other calamity of the devil. And so I wondered, was it a lack of Faith to play it safe?

In the general sense even the most radical Christians wear seatbelts, wash their hands, lock their doors, carry a gun, have smoke alarms or emergency protocols in case of fire or tornado. Of course by law we must pay certain insurances and follow safety and precautionary rules, whether on the road or at work. Isn’t that just being smart?

As I sat at church, I noticed a fire extinguisher wasn’t far from the entrance door. And it made me realize that there really isn’t a definitive line to cross when it comes to protecting yourself, your property, and those under your care. God doesn’t hate the material, otherwise He wouldn’t have placed us in a material plane of existence where quite often we rely on the material to survive and thrive.

As with everything, God cares most about your heart behind it. He cares about the spiritual, the everlasting. Do you have health insurance out of fear? Or is it merely something that felt like the right thing to do for your family?

If in your heart God is the supreme provider and protector, and you have no fear of the future and trust in Him, then any action on your part to “thicken” the hedge, so to speak, is of no concern to God.

We too are called to stewardship and to protect that which God has entrusted to us. And carelessness on our end can lead to destruction. It’s like stepping out in traffic thinking God will save you. Or jumping out of a plane without a parachute. We are called to be reasonable and wise, to partner with material things in order to bring about the Will of God on the Earth.

That being said, there will be times in your life that the Holy Spirit will direct you to take a leap of Faith into the unknown, without any foreseeable help. It will feel very much like stepping out in traffic blindfolded or out of a plane, free falling.

Jesus sent out His followers, the 12, without provision at times, and yet that wasn’t always the case as we read in Luke 22:36:

“‘But now”, he said, “take your money and a travelers bag. And if you don’t have a sword sell your cloak and buy one.”’

If you find yourself in need, God will provide. If you have all that you need, God has already provided. You see, everything belongs to Him and will someday return to Him. And so I leave you with this;

Seek the Lord.

Peer into your heart and determine why you take actions to protect your property, your self, and your family. Whatever you’re bound to by law is biblically lawful to obey (ex. Using seatbelts), anything that is purely choice, look at closely. Let the Holy Spirit either confirm or convict you on each matter and ultimately accept the peace of the Lord over all these things, because He loves you.

It is not God’s Will that any harm befall you, your household, or your church. But you should always be positioned to say, “Lord I give it all to you,” if He ever asks. He is your treasure, and heaven is your storehouse.

As for me, until I have perfect faith. I am going to do everything I can do to protect my family and friends. And trust God with all the things I can’t control. Because even with the best protections I still need God.

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10 thoughts on “Play it Safe or Lack of Faith?

  1. Amen, sister. When it comes to protecting my family I always think of the verses in 1 Corinthians 13 that speak of love. One of them is love always protects. Whether it’s insurance or guns or whatever, I protect my family because I love them. Blessings to you and your family.

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  2. I think it’s honoring to God when Christians share one another’s medical bills. And if it’s the same group I’ve heard about, it’s pretty smart and thrifty, too. Proverbs has a lot to say about being wise, planning for the future, not being careless, etc. Those verses give good balance to the “stepping out on faith” ones. As you said, we need to pray for our specific circumstances. I think one reason God doesn’t give us cut and dry rules is that we could just memorize the rules, and maybe not pray as much. 😉

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    1. Very true, that is a good word my friend! Rules are impersonal and typically impossible to follow to a tee. He really is the only way and His Spirit the only one who leads us all in the way we should handle our resources. Rules were key in the Old Testament, however now, Relationship is key. Amen! God bless you

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  3. Wonderfully explained and I wish you and your family all the blessings God can provide! Amen. I’m a long winded sort of guy, but, I’m trying in some cases to pinpoint a gem in my heart felt words to say for the sake of another. I think out of all the abundance of good that you poured out of your heart, I can say quite easily I agree; and that God wants us to always discern while remaining sober and alert to His voice. He will do the rest and walk us through the gauntlet we all face in this tragic fallen world. But, he also never wants us to lose heart, which is why the strengthening of our faith in Him is paramount! You certainly are doing that and the road ahead is very encouraging for you and your family I would say!
    God bless you.
    Brother in Christ Jesus,
    Lawrence Morra III

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    1. Thank you Lawrence! Your words are very encouraging! I’m slowly learning that growing faith is a step by step process and very painful at times. But I am truly blessed to have brothers and sisters who encourage and pray for me. It is also an honor to be able to share what I’ve learned along the way. God bless you and your family as well!

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      1. For you anytime Sister in Christ Jesus! You just knocked it out of the park again as far as I’m concerned with such an eloquent and humble from the heart conviction of purpose, to build your faith with a singularity of purpose; God’s will.

        It’s so hard and slow a process for most I agree, there are those saintly exception in the world, but, I know it’s been hard for me at times and that I slowed myself down considerably in the process; only to sort of rise again from the ashes or turmoil with more determination and of course sorrow in my heart for failing Him to whom I owe everything; our Savior Jesus! The sorrow did quickly turn to joy when I knew I was in communion with Him and felt His love for me; because the reality is I should have been gone a few times a while ago, but he didn’t allow it! I get teary eyed now; and I understand what you mean, so keep the faith as they say, and let it blossom into a most beautiful spiritual bouquet, your unique gift to Him; which is all inside of you and coming forth over time!

        It’s wonderful that your loving family has always got your back too! Some of us had that and lost it or never had it; so believe me, you have a treasure! God bless. Amen.

        Thank you Hope for these fine words and pinpoint inspirational insights you share with me! That I do appreciate deeply!

        Brother in Christ Jesus,
        Lawrence

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