In our Bible class today, we talked about the concept of “risk” involved in our faith. We began talking about Abraham, Moses, Daniel, and many more examples of faith in the scriptures. All of these stories have some common threads which run through them which have to do with faith. One of those concepts is risk.
Risk is involved in our faith from a worldly point of view. There’s always a sense of risk when it comes to doing things for God that you do not know the outcome. It would not be faith if we knew the outcome. Abraham went to a land of which he didn’t know the exact location. Daniel didn’t know what exactly was going to happen in the lions’ den, yet he had faith.
From God’s perspective, I believe that He probably knows the outcome. In other words, for us, faith is a great leap of trust in Him, but He is not sweating it. He already knows what is about to happen.
Someone today made the statement, “I just want to be able to look back on my life and know that I did make a difference in some way.” I think we all want our lives to make a difference. One thing about those “difference-makers” in the world is the fact that they, at some point in their lives, decided that in order to make a difference I’m going to have to take steps that will look on the surface like taking a risk. The difference between those who do this and those who do not determines the difference between a life lived in mediocrity and one lived to the fullest.
I don’t know if any of that makes sense, but it challenges me to take steps in my life in the future that may seem risky, but trusting in God to help me in the outcome simply turns all the risk into faith.
Answer these two questions if you will. 1) What’s the most “risky” thing that you’ve done in this world? (As an example, one guy said in class that he took a dive off of a 70 foot cliff in Hawaii.) 2) What’s the most risky thing you’ve done for God in your spiritual journey? (An example here might be selling things and packing up your stuff and moving into a mission field.)