17, October 2015

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Going Out on a Limb

‘…to everyone who has, more will be given, but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away…’ Luke 19:26 ESV

Risk. Some people are naturally cautious and some revel in risk. Jon Walker says: ‘If God tells you to take a step of faith but you hesitate to take it until he shows you what the second step will be, you’re not waiting on God. He’s waiting on you.’ Patience is no excuse for hesitation. ‘God uses risks, large and small, to push us into a deeper faith. And so he wants us to step forward in faith, even if we don’t know where the second step will take us. The not knowing is what requires faith, and the not knowing compels us to rely on God to guide us forward.’

The Bible says, ‘If you wait for perfect conditions, you’ll never get anything done.’ (Ecclesiastes 11:4 TLB) Helen Keller said, ‘Security is mostly a superstition. It doesn’t exist in nature nor do the children of men as a whole experience it… Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.’ If you want ‘more than you ever dreamed’, you’ve got to go out on a limb. That’s where the best fruit is. Acting in faith with no ‘earthly’ guarantee what’s on the other side means attempting something you couldn’t possibly do unless God gave you the ability. Jon Walker goes on: ‘Faith grows when we take risks—not just any kind of risks, but ones specifically directed by God. These God–nudges push us beyond the borders of our “independent states” into “the promised land” of life by faith.’

SoulFood: Ex 33–35, John 5:1–15, Ps 87, Prov 27:4–6

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright © 2021

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