“Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. –Revelation 5:5
Walking with God is not for the faint at heart. Jesus was always stretching and challenging those who followed Him. I love how the authors of Experiencing God reminded us that Jesus did not say this “This is the way” and give His followers a map. He said, “I am the way” and led them on an adventure.
It is easy to try and manage God. But Jesus is described as the Lion of the tribe of Jesus. I love his description in C.S. Lewis’ Lion Witch and the Wardrobe –
“Is he—quite safe?” […]
“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.” (1)
But amid all these rejoicings Aslan himself quietly slipped away. And when the Kings and Queens noticed that he wasn’t there they said nothing about it. For Mr. Beaver had warned them, ‘He’ll be coming and going’ he had said. ‘One day you’ll see him and another you won’t. He doesn’t like being tied down—and of course he has other countries to attend to. It’s quite all right. He’ll often drop in. Only you mustn’t press him. He’s wild you know. Not like a tame lion (2).
I find it too easy to try and tame God. I love the quote by Dorothy Sayers: “The people who hanged Christ never, to do them justice, accused him of being a bore – on the contrary, they thought him too dynamic to be safe. It has been left for later generations to muffle up that shattering personality and surround him with an atmosphere of tedium. We have very efficiently pared the claws of the Lion of Judah, certified him ‘meek and mile,’ and recommended him as a fitting household pet for pale curates and pious old ladies.” (3)
Do you dare today to let the Lion of the tribe of Judah out of the cage you have built and see what happens?