"If It's Dangerous, God Must Not Be in It": True or False?

David Platt answers this well in his book Radical:

We so often think “If it’s dangerous, God must not be in it. If it’s risky, if it’s unsafe, if it’s costly, it must not be God’s will.” But what if these factors are actually the criteria by which we determine if something is God’s will? What if we began to look at the design of God as the most dangerous option before us? What if the center of God’s will is in reality the most unsafe place for us to be?

I have no idea where this idea came from that God’s will is for us to always be maximally comfortable and secure in this world. If you read the New Testament, that’s theĀ lastĀ idea you would come away with. “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it” (Luke 9:23-24). Jesus’ statement here did not just apply to his first disciples. It applies today, to all of us.

  • Wendy M

    I think it comes from the idea that you’ll “have a peace” about whatever is God’s will for you.

    In my own life, I’m convinced that I rarely feel a sense of peace–definitely not safety–when God is calling me to step out and serve Him. It’s more a sense of conviction. The peace comes after I obey, choosing not to fear.

  • W. Scott Plavnick

    We need to obey God: what is clear in His Word (i.e. making disciples), and then the specifics of His Spirit’s leading (which will always be in agreement with His Word). But recently, people started over-reacting to our sinful tendency to comfort by saying “God always is in the dangerous…”, which Platt copies here. This is no more true than always following a comfortable path. And often this becomes an excuse to do something that is really foolish Biblically. Just obey God, wherever He leads.