As I continue to work through Jennie Allen’s Bible Study PROVEN, it’s hard to believe we are already in week 5…it’s going so fast! I cannot encourage you enough on the importance of intentionally gathering together with other Sisters in Christ to study God’s Word together. We all desperately need this level of connection that provides encouragement and accountability or we will surely “fall away!”
Session 5 / ”RISK: The End of Passivity”
I typically spend time in prayer and in a specific study each morning …then I often listen to podcasts as I work on art projects or chores around the house.
You may have “heard” me mention that I have recently gone back to my “roots” after having loaded Dr. Tony Evans’ podcast app on my iPhone and iPad.
As the Lord often does, He leads me to a deeper understanding through the confirmation of His Word in many forms.
Today, after studying about “risk” in my Bible Study homework, I then landed on a podcast from Dr. Tony Evans that dug into this theme even deeper. From the title of the podcast, I wouldn’t have connected it…but God provided more, as I stepped forward to seek more:)
A link to the podcast is below:
Our perception of risk is skewed by our human perspective. If we enlist God’s direction and His power in our steps, there is no risk to what God has promised us.
The story Tony tells comes from 1 Samuel Chapter 30.
David and his men return home to find that the enemy has entered in and stolen their women and children, and burned down their city.
”David was greatly distressed, because the people began to speak of stoning him…they were all suffering greatly”
1 Sam 30:6 And David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in soul, each for his sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.
7 And David said to Abiathar the priest, the son of Ahimelech, “Bring me the ephod.” So Abiathar brought the ephod to David. 8 And David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I pursue after this band? Shall I overtake them?”
David ASKED God for direction, for why waste his time pursuing something apart from the Lord’s will…it will always end badly:(
God gave David direction:
He answered him, “Pursue, for you shall surely overtake and shall surely rescue.”
Dr. Evans explains that the Lord didn’t give David all the details he needed to accomplish the task, but as he MOVED forward with the information he WAS given, God provided all.
Our Father unfolds more information as we MOVE in the direction He calls us to go. If we do not take the first step, He will not show us more.
This is the risk that we perceive with our human reasoning that stops us from obeying. If I go, will God provide?
It is through obedience that God provides what we need. Stepping out in faith…trusting Him…we will reach the other side with the assurance that the risk was worth the cost.
If you read on in 1 Samuel chapter 30, you will find that God honored David’s obedience with MORE than what he was after…abundance beyond his own desires. This is the way our GOOD Father responds to our faith…
20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
I want to live in a place where I believe there is NO RISK…when I venture out with and eternal, loving and steadfast God and join in the “thousand risks of love.”
What is holding you (& me) back?
Paul encourages us below:
22 And now, behold, I am going to Jerusalem, constrained by the Spirit, not knowing what will happen to me there, 23 except that the Holy Spirit testifies to me in every city that imprisonment and afflictions await me. 24 But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.
May we finish the race…the purpose of our calling, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God!
Bless you sweet Sister!