I think we can all attest to life being full of risks, and having the courage to take some—probably even most—of them could lead us to experience moments of regret. So, you may be wondering God's thoughts on risks and how He mirrors for us to deal with and respond to risks that appear in our paths. Becoming a risk-taker may seem so scary for some of you because most of us prefer to stay within the limitations of our comfort zones. The truth of the matter is we feel most comfortable with things that we are familiar with. Why change something that causes no fuss or confusion in our lives? I'll tell you why because God intended our lives to be abundant. John 10:10 (NKJV) says, "I have come that they may have life and that they may have it more abundantly." So, is God telling us that living abundantly means facing a series of opportunities that requires stepping out on faith? The answer is YES! God wants risk takers this season, people who are not afraid of sacrificing for His glory.
I'll never forget participating in a corporate fast in 2019 and asking God to elevate me in ministry. Word of advice, make sure you are ready for what you pray for. March of 2020, God did just that; he elevated me in ministry by pushing me to the forefront of becoming a Praise & Worship leader. For others, that task should have been easy because I've been singing since the age of 2. For me, I was so nervous about stepping out on faith and allowing God to have complete control over my praise. I always feared not praying or ushering the spirit like others. For several Sunday's I would not allow myself to freely worship. On the inside, I felt a fire of God, but on the outside, I would pick up the Microphone—sing my song—and move on, not realizing that my worship wasn't just for me. I share this to say that life won't always be comfortable, and for God to elevate us, we must get to a place of being uncomfortable. I was uncomfortable with becoming a Praise & Worship leader because I feared how others would accept me. I've learned that when God orders us to do something, He will always equip us with the power and ability to withstand no matter what it looks like.
I encourage you to "GET UNCOMFORTABLE" so that God can shape & mold you into the woman or man that He has called you to be. Complacency does not allow God to have His way in our lives; it only hinders us from hearing His voice and receiving His direction. What kind of Risks are you facing this week? A new job opportunity, business venture, a newfound love that could potentially turn into something serious, elevation in ministry? God often calls us to take a risk because He desires for us to step out on faith believing in His power and will. Our development of faith can depend on our ability to take a risk. God will place situations in your path that will cause you to feel uncomfortable, uncertain, hesitant, and unclear so that you may look to Him as your pilot for guidance and strength to press forward ( I mean it is so easy for us to put our lives in the hands of a pilot bringing us to a nice summer vacation, so why not God .
Recently I came across such a powerful scripture in the Book of Ecclesiastes that speaks on the uncertainties of life, and it really spoke to my spirit. Ecclesiastes 11:4-6 says, (4)"Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest. (5) Just as you cannot understand the path of the wind or the mystery of a tiny baby growing in its mothers' womb, so you cannot understand the activity of God, who does all things. (6) Plant your seed in the morning and keep busy all afternoon, for you don't know if profit will come from one activity or another- or maybe both". I took from this message that God does not want us to solely rely on perfect conditions. If we find ourselves waiting on the perfect church, we will never join; if we find ourselves waiting on the ideal time to build a personal relationship with God, we will never begin. The truth is that it is essential for us not to focus on stepping out on Faith-based on perfect conditions that may never exist. I encourage you to take steps today to grow spiritually because God is waiting for you to Take a Risk!
So Lets us pray together,
We come before you today as we are, lord. God, what I love most about you is your profound love for me. Your word tells me that you have created me just a little lower than yourself and the angels, and I Thank you. God, I am calling on your wisdom to know when to take risks and be cautious of what's to come. The Book of John speaks on your intentions for me to have life abundantly, and God, I want to live the abundant life you've promised me so that you may be glorified through it. In Jesus name, I do pray, Amen!
Ecclesiastes 11: 4-6