3. Godly Risk Is Rooted in Faith, Not Fear
When Peter obeys Jesus’ voice, he’s able to do something spectacular that gives glory to the power of God. It’s only when Peter doubts in fear that he starts to sink, and this feat isn’t possible. It’s no mistake that Jesus says, “Do not fear,” more than any other statement in the Bible. Fear may be present, but you can rely upon faith instead.
Reflecting upon Jesus’ command to not be afraid, Parker Palmer writes in Let Your Life Speak: Listening to the Voice of Vocation: "'Be not afraid’ does not mean we cannot have fear. Everyone has fear…Instead, the words say we do not need to be the fear we have…” Your fear doesn’t have to be an endpoint.
Mark Twain agrees, “Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.” Faith is fear’s antidote—use it liberally.
4. Godly Risk Invites Uncertainty
When the Israelite people flee slavery, they travel in the wilderness for 40 years toward the promised land. For them, the wilderness is an in-between place that’s fraught with risk.
The season of Advent remembers the story of Mary’s pregnancy, which culminates in the promise of the birth of the Christ child at Christmas. For her, the wilderness is an in-between time—her pregnancy—that’s fraught with risk.
Today, we can experience a wilderness of time or place when we encounter uncertainty and stretch toward the hope of a promise fulfilled ourselves. The wilderness’ limbo is often trying and frustrating, but Scripture reminds us that it’s holy and full of possibility too. Consider its value.
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