Soft God?

The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe

I heard a sermon recently where the speaker* quoted an excerpt from the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe , a famous novel by C.S Lewis.  In this section, the children ask Mr Beaver whether Aslan (a great lion who is king of the land) is safe.  The reply is as follows:

“Safe?’ said Mr. Beaver…’who said anything about safe?’Course he isn’t safe. but he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”

Let me tell you that this is also how we should be seeing our Lord God.  A lot of us have a misconception that God is simply a giant, cuddly, marshmallow in the sky cheerfully raining blessings down to us. Big white beard, jolly, lots of gifts – hang on; isn’t that Santa Claus?  Let’s get the other half of the picture…

Our Lord God is a fearsome and mighty God.  He is a God that is completely holy and who despises sin.  He is a God that is just and righteous.  A God that cannot and will not ignore evil.  A God who punishes the wicked.  A read through any of the major prophets make these facts quite clear. The nations rebelling against the Lord in Jeremiah 25 (v36-38) were faced with this :

“For the LORD is laying waste their pasture, and the peaceful folds are devastated because of the fierce anger of the LORD. Like a lion he has left his lair…”

So when you think of God, make sure you get the full story.  We must have a reverent fear of who he is – a fearsome and holy God. Understanding this is the beginning of all wisdom (Prov 1:7). But we can also take great comfort that he is a God of love, that he is good – and most of all, that he is the king.

*The speaker was Pastor Josh Ng of FOCUS Church, Sydney.  Great faithful preacher of the word.

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