Am I Safe with God?

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by Danielle Camp

I recently spoke with a friend who is planting a church in the Midwest. In the conversation, I asked him to describe his personality. One way he described himself was, “guarded until I feel safe in the relationship.” He then observed – “If I am truly safe with God, then why am I guarded in my other relationships?”

I thought out loud how that was such a true and profound question. I realized that I often responded to relationships in the same way. I began to wonder how common that is with other people.

What does it mean to feel safe with God? I know that for most people, their perception of God is all over the map. That is if they even believe He exists.

It is hard to grasp that any of us can have a relationship with any being, mortal or deity, in which we are completely safe. A relationship in which we are ourselves completely unhinged, good and bad.

Can we relate to God like this? I believe so. At least intellectually I do. The challenge is believing it in a practical way that translates into how I relate to others.

We all know people who seem to live life unguarded. Usually it is because they do not care what others think about them. But I do care. Yet, do I care so much to the point that I reserve my real self for only myself and maybe a choice few? If so, what are others missing out on?

This conversation with my friend is challenging me to press into my relationship with God so that I feel completely safe with Him. I believe this kind of relationship with my heavenly Father will allow me to relate to others with my whole being, not just a guarded part of it.

Why should this matter to me?

  1. It matters because I want others to know Him. What a concept. Others knowing Him because they know me.
  2. It matters because I can live freely and with joy knowing that I have a strong foundation in my relationship with God. I have lived life too long with regrets, in fear of what others think, and with hesitation.
  3. It matters because I can live a sacrificial life, giving away instead of holding back. I am thankful for God who held nothing back. He gave away His life instead of holding onto His position. If He had not done this, none of us would know Him.

Question for you: How are you guarded in your relationships? Do you feel safe with God?

 

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I am a longtime Austinite. Married my beautiful wife over 25 years ago. Adopted our son September 2012. Currently a writer and loving it. Previous jobs and careers include project management, missionary, and pastor. I enjoy sports (both watching and playing), traveling, reading, digging in dirt and hanging with my friends and family.

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6 thoughts on “Am I Safe with God?

  1. Kenny,Great stuff.I am one of those people you referred to as unguarded in the sense that I care little about what people think about me.I am who I am,but I do make no bones about where I have been and what God has allowed me to endure both on His behalf and as a result of my own sin.I am grateful of the testimony He has written in me and believe that our willingness to share these with others is the horizontal part of the cross.Being safe in God could also be “Trust”I trust God ,but admit I dont always trust people.I prefer to let people be who they are and leave the conviction to God.It takes all the pressure off me.

  2. Great insight & great questions, Kenny. I enjoy reading your blog. 🙂

    To your first question – I find myself guarded in relationships where trust’s been broken. Sadly family relationships would be the ones where I’m guarded the most. I like to see people as good untill proven otherwise and even then forgiving quickly as it sets me free.

    Second question – I do feel safe with God but It’s taken me a long time to get to this place. Reading and reminding myself daily that God has a proven track record of leading others to safety, leading me to safety. Seems like I have a very short memory sometimes.
    Trusting that God is with me in spite of any feelings He is not there. I must hold on to God tightly and the things of this world loosely. My safety in this world is not holding tightly to my husband, or my friends, or anything else but holding on to Jesus. Easier said than done.

    How can one feel safe in this world without God?

  3. Wow, this is precisely where I am in my life right now. I made the comment to Jeff over lunch just yesterday that I found it relatively easy to trust God. His people, not so much. I am convinced that I need to surrender to this before I can understand it.