Foolish Fridays 8
Brennan Manning in his The Importance of Being Foolish writes,
When we cling to a miserable sense of security, the possibility of transparency is utterly defeated. Just as the sunrise of faith requires the sunset of our former unbelief, our false ideas and our erroneous and circumscribed convictions, so the dawn of trust requires the abandonment of our craving for material and spiritual reassurances. Security in the Lord Jesus implies that we no longer calculate or count the cost.
I suspect our driving need for security is our effort to grasp a semblance of being in control. To be in control means I determine the cost, and make the decision as to what is best for me, and much more difficult, what is best for my family.
This brings to mind the stories of the rich young ruler from Luke 18:18-30 (all Scriptural references are from the ESV), as well as the parable of the rich man who had the abundant harvest of grain and built more silos from Luke 12:18-21. That chapter in Luke 12:28b-31 continues with these words of Jesus,
O you of little faith! And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.
Solomon in his Ecclesiastes speaks to this intense and destructive desire of ours, which are in his words, “a chasing after the wind.”
I am coming to the view that our lives are contingent. Look at what Jesus asks his disciples in verses 25 and 26 of this chapter,
And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest?
In being contingent, we are not and can never be in control. The utter destructiveness of this search for security is how Manning ends this section,
Living dependent on ‘security’ defeats carefree trust in God’s wisdom and love, hurts interpersonal relationships, thwarts on-going community renewal and Christian reunion, and handicaps the serious Christian who seeks to have the mind of Jesus Christ.
In the end do we really have a right to life, or is our life a gift from God? In seeking to seize what is best are we not in fact destroying that which is dear to us? What happens when we live life as a gift?
What do you think?
Be blessed and be a blessing.