On Risk and Reward
by Carol Yasin
“So Abram departed as the LORD had spoken unto him—and Lot went with him. And, Abram was 75-years-old when he departed out of Haran.” Genesis 12:4
If we’re to experience the Lord is His fullness, we must walk by Faith, not sight.
Anyone who dabbles in the stock market knows a proven rule-of-thumb is this: The higher the risk, the higher the potential reward—but also the higher risk of losing everything. That’s why some people “hit it big,” while others “lose the farm.” The question is, “How much are you willing to risk?”
By nature, it seems some folks are more adventuresome than others. They’re the ones who are willing to “take a flying leap” without first checking out where they’ll land. Others, by nature, are much more cautious. . .preferring to carefully weigh their options. . .the risks and ramifications. . .before making a decision. In the long run, theirs may seem the wiser approach; however, even then there comes the point where they must decide to act or stay right where they are.
And, so it is in the walk of Faith.
Abram lived in the city of Ur, which was in what is now southeastern Iraq. People in his area worshipped a pantheon of gods, including Nimrod, the sun god, and Sin, the moon god, whom they also considered “the lord of heaven” and “divine creator.” Thus, it’s clear that he and his family likely worshipped these gods and accepted mythology as truth (cf. Josh. 24:2).
But, one day something happened.
One day the one true-and-living God appeared to Abram and said “Leave your native country, your relatives and father’s family and go to the land that I will show you” (Gen. 12:1). There’s no mention here that Abram had been seeking God prior to this; He simply showed up. And, He told him “I will make of you a great nation and bless you and make your name great—and you shall be a blessing”(v.2).
Talk about a wake-up call!
Suddenly, out of nowhere a God he’d never heard of or ever worshipped showed up and offered him prosperity and a posterity. This wasn’t because of any merit he possessed or unique abilities. It simply shows God’s great Grace that takes the initiative to reach out to sinners like us and say “I have a Plan for your life. Follow Me.”
And, that’s where the rub comes in.
Again, we can’t go with God and stay where we are. There comes a point where we either have to get on the bus or be left behind. Simply put, when God’s calling us to set sail for parts unknown, we can either hoist the sails or remain anchored in the safety of the harbor.
The choice is ours.
So, what’s your response, dear friend? Are you willing to go where God leads. . .without “knowing where you’re going” (Heb. 11:8). . .or had you rather stay within the safety of your comfort zone, just as you are? In Christ, the risk is the reward—for it’s all about trust.