The imagery of safety is a strong one for me – one of the characteristics of God is that He is omnipotent. I think that there is a wall of fire protecting me and my family when I allow Him to be my glory.
What I still can’t quite grasp is that this is not as important to most Christians as one might think. In fact, I know that if we were living in an opulent lifestyle and God called us out to go to a place a little bit more rustic and a little bit more in the open plain, we would reject the call. Maybe I should go one step further. I am willing to suggest that even if God warned us that the opulent lifestyle was going to end and that destruction was coming to the region or our immediate world, we would still not want to go.
How do I know this. Just take a look at Lot’s family – I mean the angel pretty much had to drag that family out of Sodom. Look at the children of Israel after 70 years in Babylon. They did not want to go back to Israel even when God warned them the Persians were coming to destroy Babylon. Would you believe that 90% of the people of Israel decided to stay and perished in captivity.
Just the fact that I would know that I am no longer under the protection of the Almighty would make me want to go wherever He is calling me. He will always be my safe haven, my shelter, and my refuge. From that perspective I can lead with confidence.