4 Things God Is Asking You To Risk In His NameJessica Griggs
The idea of risk has gotten twisted in today’s society. It seems that either risk is to be avoided, and we are to live our safe little lives within our four walls and picket fences and climb the corporate ladder to the top, tithing 10% to the grave, or, as the kids say these days, “YOLO,” and throw caution to the wind for fleeting, earthly pleasures. So what is true? As we turn to scripture, we see that the idea of “safety” is a myth. James 4 tells us that we do not know what tomorrow holds, for we are a mist that appears for only a little time and then vanishes. So in some ways, the most dangerous thing you can do is waste your life seeking a safety that doesn’t exist. This doesn’t mean that we should just barrel through life jumping from one adventure to the next, however. Proverbs is full of advice about wisdom and discernment, telling us to call out for insight, and seek after understanding and a complete knowledge of God.
So when is it right to risk it all? When should we stay back and wait? Let’s start by looking at a few examples of risk in the Bible:
Biblical Examples of Risk:
Joab & Abishai: In 2 Samuel chapter 10, we get the story of Joab, the commander of David’s forces, who was surrounded with Amalekites on one side, and Syrians on the other. He made the decision to divide his troops, giving one group to his brother, Abishai, and taking charge of the other one himself. He did not know how it was going to end, no special revelation, and yet Joab says in verse 12, “Be of good courage… may the Lord do what seems good to Him.”
Esther: We all know the story of Esther – she was beautiful and taken to the palace to be a queen. While she was there, she found out about a plot against her own Jewish people, and even though the punishment for going before the king when she wasn’t called was death – she went anyway. Her words to her uncle were, “I will go to the king, though it is against the law; and if I perish, I perish.”
Paul: The Apostle Paul’s whole life in the ministry was one risk after another. In 2 Corinthians 11, he listed a few of the things he had endured for the cause of Christ, “Five times I have received forty lashes less one. Three times I have been beaten with rods, once I was stoned. Three times I have been shipwrecked, a night and day adrift at sea, on frequent journeys, in danger from rivers, from robbers, from my own people, from Gentiles, in danger from in the city, in the wilderness, at sea, danger from false bretheren, in toil and hardship, through many sleepless nights, in hunger and in thirst.” Yet, in Acts 20:24, Paul says, “I do not account my life of any value, if only I may accomplish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
So how is God calling YOU to risk it all for Him?