Following God has risky seasons … When I was in elementary school, my mom signed me and my sister up for swimming lessons at a local university. This was an Olympic sized pool with very high diving boards. They looked very tall to me considering my young age and size.
I remember the teacher allowing us to jump off the high diving board after we reached a certain degree of swimming strength. Day after day I watched the kids while I sat there too afraid to go try it myself. I remember the day I decided to jump. My adventurous sister had finally talked me into it.
With my knees knocking and heart beating out of my chest, I climbed the stairs to the diving board. Almost instantly I wanted to get back down. I knew my only option was to run and jump. So I did. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, but I don’t have any memory of doing it again.
Ironically, I thought risky situations only happened in childhood, but risky seasons and those terrified feelings traveled with me into my adulthood. I now realize that God calls us to live risky at times. Sometimes He calls us to take His hand and just jump.
I currently find myself in one of those risky seasons where God said “jump.” Honestly, I am terrified. However, my deep sense of peace assures me of God’s presence and guidance. But God, our Comforter, comforts us in those risky seasons.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort.
2 Corinthians 1:3
For some reason in our modern-day Christianity, we believe that God wants us safe and comfortable. If we take some time in the scriptures, we see the opposite. If God is calling you to take a risk and you are terrified, maybe you simply need to remember what He has done for you in the past.
God called so many of our favorite Bible characters to take risks. Here are a few:
- Noah – Called to build an ark for a flood that never occurred prior to him.
- Esther – Risked her life to save her people by going before the king without an invitation.
- Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego – Willing to burn in a fiery furnace rather than bow before an idol, hoping for God’s salvation.
- Abraham – Willing to sacrifice his son whom God promised him believing that God could raise him from the dead.
- Paul – Declaring the gospel even through extreme persecution.
This small list shows us that God used people willing to take risks.
Risky Seasons Teach Us
Sometimes it won’t make sense at first, but that doesn’t mean it’s not what He is calling you to do.
There are times when God calls us to take risks, and we don’t understand why. That doesn’t mean that it is not what He wants us to do. Instead our prayer should be for Him to open our eyes to see what He is leading and directing us to do. He will make sense of it, but He cannot if we don’t give Him the opportunity to speak into our life.
Be careful who you talk to.
We cannot expect to bring a potential risk that God is leading us towards with people that do not have spiritual eyes and ears. We must be careful who we bring this information to because they can often be the ones that prevent you from moving into what God has called you to do. That doesn’t mean that you don’t seek out Godly counsel. We need people to talk and walk with us through this; we just must be careful who we do this with.
There will be no writing on the wall.
I can’t tell you how many times in my life that I am sure God put something on my heart, but I didn’t do it because I was waiting for him to come down in a miraculous way and tell me what He is wanting. The fact is that this won’t happen. A huge part of this process is the necessity and the building of our faith. There is no need to build faith when we are able to see it with our eyes.
We step out and then He moves.
Don’t you wish this was the opposite, but what we find so often in scripture is that someone steps out in faith and then God shows up. It is when He shows up after we step out that our faith is grown exponentially. If we never step out, it is incredibly difficult to grow our faith.
I have no idea where you find yourself today. What I can tell you is that there will be times when God calls us to risk. I nor anyone else can tell you when or how to do this. Clarity comes from seeking God out and asking for wisdom. Take heart though when you move towards Him, He moves even closer.
“Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you.
He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished.”
1 Chronicles 28:20
Written by Taylor Draughn, LPC-S, LMFT
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