The Silver Chair is perhaps my favorite of The Chronicles of Narnia. It is right up there with The Last Battle, and I go back and forth as to which one I like better.
This book begins on what is actually a rather dark note. Jill Pole finds herself in a face-to-face meeting with Aslan who explains to her that she is going to go on an adventure to rescue Prince Rilian. He then provides four signs for her to follow that will help her successfully complete the mission. However, Aslan first points out that success is not guaranteed.
“I lay on you this command, that you seek this lost prince until either you have found him and brought him to his father’s house, or else died in the attempt, or else gone back to your own world.”
This indicates right away that this is a serious charge. It is not just something that can be done for fun. It needs to be a serious commitment.
Being the good lion that he is, Aslan forces her to repeat them many times until she can repeat them perfectly.
“First, remember, remember, remember the signs. Say them to yourself when you wake in the morning and when you lie down at night, and when you wake in the middle of the night. And whatever strange things may happen to you, let nothing turn your mind from following the signs. And secondly, I give you a warning. Here on the mountain I have spoken to you clearly: I will not often do so down in Narnia. Here on the mountain, the air is clear and your mind is clear; as you drop down into Narnia, the air will thicken. Take great care that it does not confuse your mind. And the signs which you have learned here will not look at all as you expect them to look, when you meet them there. That is why it is so important to know them by heart and pay no attention to appearances. Remember the signs and believe the signs. Nothing else matters.”
Aslan obviously knew that the advice that he was giving her was for her best interest, but Jill would need to pay attention for them to be worth anything at all. All the best guidance in the world is not a very much use if we don’t listen to it.
Why then do so many Christians fail to listen to what the Bible clearly says? It is tempting to read certain passages in the Bible and assume that they don’t apply to us or must be somehow mistaken. I know what the Bible says about loving my neighbor, but God must not understand the guy who lives next door to me. If God only knew what I had to put up with, He would understand why I can’t love that guy.
Even though God tells us over and over again His way is best, we just don’t listen. There might be various reasons for why we don’t listen, but a large part of that I think comes back to whether or not we can trust God to actually know what is best for us. If we don’t really believe Him, then of course we are not going to take His word seriously.
The rest of the book shows us the consequences of failing to remember the signs. We don’t know how the journey would have been easier if they had faithfully followed the signs, but we do know that they ended up in a lot of difficult places that could have been avoided if they had seen the signs. Let’s not miss the signs that God has put in our lives.
 CS Lewis, “The Silver Chair” in The Chronicles of Narnia Complete 7-Book Collection with Bonus Book: Boxen (New York: HarperCollins, 2005), Kindle Locations 11863-11865, Kindle Edition.
 Ibid., Kindle Locations 11886-11891.