The Language of Taking a Risk
Do you consider yourself someone who is willing to take a risk? Dictionary.com defines risk in the form of a noun asÂ the exposure to the greatest chance of injury, in other words a possibly dangerous chance. But as a verb the definition sounds a little less out of control as ”to venture upon or run the chance of.” In these terms of definitions, it seems that if you take a risk rather than receive a risk the odds seem more in your favor. So as you look back to this week did you take any risks or perhaps refused some?
If you left your home, you took a risk. You even took a risk if you stayed home for a number of things can occur at any given moment that puts you in the potential position of either taking or exposing yourself to risk. It isn’t however the taking or receiving of the risk that becomes the problem but instead the root lies in what risk is at stake. In other words, what have you got to lose? The language of risk can be tricky but even more important is knowing the proper language to help see you through it.
Lessons of Risk
Mother mouse decided to teach her children about the world and the risks that come with it. So she gathered all of her little mice and set out for a walk. They walked down the hall and turned to the right. This led them to another hall in which they turned another right. Suddenly they found themselves in front of a very large cat dozing in the sunlight. Mother mouse was very afraid but she didn’t want to give into her fright. So she signaled to the children to be very quiet and to follow as she began to quietly tip-toe past the sleeping cat.
Just as she was about to get past the cat, the cat suddenly opened his eyes and raised its paw. Petrified, the little mice watched their mother wondering what she would do. As the cat’s paw started to come down, Mother mouse looked the cat right in the eye and began barking like a dog. The cat was so startled and frightened that it jumped up and ran away! Mother mouse wiped her brow in relief and then turned to her little mice and said, ”Children, I hope you learned a valuable lesson. Sometimes it’s good to know a second language!” (Bogacki, 1996)
Risk Requires Knowing the LanguageÂ
As we live life in a world that is full of risks it is not only good but necessary to know a second language. Knowing the language of God with His grace, hope, and love is the most beneficial life-sustaining language to know whether the current risks in life are high or low. When we place our trust fully in God all risks diminish. A full relationship with Christ is our insurance with assurance that the great odds of the ultimate risk against us will not succeed.
In order to receive this insurance with assurance against the worldly risk however, we must hold tight to our trust in God. He doesn’t always do things like we would like but He does hold true to His Word and He will see us through it all. The risks of life in this world are still in place but a life filled with fear, worry, or anxiety can lessen through the simple means of trusting in God when life twists into the difficult and the waters don’t part our way.
Lauren Daigle’s song, Trust in You, is one of my favorite songs. She sings that God doesn’t always move the mountains when we need or want them to move nor does He part the waters when we want them parted. But even when God doesn’t give us the answers we cry for, we still must trust in Him.
Obtaining the Insurance with Assurance
So as you look at this week’s focus verse remember whether you are afraid or not you must place your trust in God for He reduces all risks. It is He that you must turn to for He holds your future. The world can do many things to you but it can’t touch your soul. Seeking God first in all situations takes your many worldly risks and turns them into only one, the risk to trust in God. For if you refuse to take the risk of trusting in God by rejecting Him the risk turns into a loss ”“ the loss of eternal life.
But when I am afraid I will put my trust in you.
Psalms 56:3 (NLT)
So turn to God and gain the greatest insurance with full assurance in life as He holds your future. Take the one fully calculated riskÂ guaranteed to give life by trusting fully in God knowing that He holds your eternal life in His hands. Rest assured in the comfort of knowing that you have an advocate with the Father ”“ Jesus Christ where faith becomes greater than doubt. For no matter the circumstance, no matter what horrible things the world throws at you nothing can separate you from the love of God. (Romans 8:38 ”“ 39) Replace your greatest risk with the simple trust in the one who is the mightiest of all.
Love in Christ,
Actress Geena Davis said, ”If you risk nothing, then you risk everything.” She is right for if you do not risk it all with the simple trust in God you risk life eternal.
Credits Bogacki, T. (1996). Cat and Mouse. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
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