26. September 2017 · Comments Off on DON’T BE AFRAID TO TAKE RISKS · Categories: Action, Choices, Decision making, Jesus Christ, Trusting God

Cast your bread on the surface of the waters, [be diligently active, make thoughtful decisions], for you will find it after many days (Ecclesiastes 11:1 AMP).

Beloved, are you one that’s so afraid of taking risk? Well, if you are, then our feature text is for you. The New Living Translation which titles this “The Uncertainties of Life” says… Send your grain across the seas, and in time, profits will flow back to you… while the Voice translation says… Don’t be afraid to release your bread upon the waters, for in due time you will find it.

According to my Bible notes, verse 1 to 6 of Ecclesiastes 11 “emphasise the element of risk and uncertainty in commercial and agricultural enterprise… Men and women must venture forth judiciously if they are ever to realise a gain, even though there is always a certain amount of risk”.

‘Judiciously’ means with good judgement or sense. So, off course you must use some sense in order to take a certain amount of risk or what some would call a calculated risk which is a risk that you consider worth taking because the result, if it is successful, will be so good.

Beloved, the Holy Spirit may have been nudging you to make some moves but you are afraid or perhaps waiting for all conditions to be perfect. However, Ecclesiastes 11 goes on to say… He who watches the wind [waiting for all conditions to be perfect] will not sow [seed], and he who looks at the clouds will not reap [a harvest]. Just as you do not know the way and path of the wind or how the bones are formed in the womb of a pregnant woman, even so you do not know the activity of God who makes all things. Sow your seed in the morning and do not be idle with your hands in the evening, for you do not know whether morning or evening planting will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both alike will be good (Ecclesiastes 11:4-6 AMP).

According to my Bible notes “the person who is so cautious that he must wait for ideal time before he makes a move is doomed to fail”.

Beloved, at times, all you need is a word from God which may not make sense to anyone including yourself but obedience is key which was what Peter did. Jesus told him… “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.” “Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.” And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear! (Luke 5:4-6 NLT)

I like Peter because he isn’t afraid to take risks. He would walk on water if he has to… Then Peter called to Him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” “Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus (Matthew 14:28-29 NLT).

Beloved, don’t be afraid to take risks. With Jesus, you never know the outcome.

God bless you in Jesus Christ name
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