"Then he isn't safe?" said Lucy.
"Safe?" said Mr. Beaver; "don't you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? 'Course he isn't safe. But he's good. He's the King, I tell you."
C.S. Lewis - The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
this is one of my favorites from the chronicles of narnia. it is so easy to take a laid-back approach to God. we get caught up in the Abba Father and forget about the righteous king, the all-consuming fire, the alpha and omega. while we are free to approach the throne with confidence, we should also approach it with reverence due to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
our God is not safe. He wields a fiery sword. He is the perfect judge. He is all holy. but our king, our king is good. may i never lose sight of this. may i be encouraged that i serve a good God. a kind Father. but may i not let my faith be lax in response to His benevolence. may i live before the face of God in a manner that is mindful of who He is and who i am. and who i am not.