“It is better to lose your life than to waste it.” – John Piper
In my life, and the life of many others, I feel like we have been crippled by fear. It is something that often prevents us from doing the things that we feel like we should be doing and the things that we would enjoy.
We may even try to cover up this fear and label it as something like “needing clarity from the Lord” or “not being ready.” Well I would agree that there are times that the Lord wants us to wait before we make a move, there are other times where I feel we are called to walk out in faith. This can be in many situations in our lives like taking the right job, going to the right school, pursuing the right friendships/relationships, committing to this church or that church, serving in this ministry or that ministry. We may ask what I fail at the job? What if I don’t make any money after I graduate? What if I reach out to that person and they reject me? What if I don’t fit in at that church? What if I don’t feel like that is my gift?
Think about what the preachers says in the book of Ecclesiastes:
“When you dig a well,
you might fall in.
When you demolish an old wall,
you could be bitten by a snake.
When you work in a quarry,
stones might fall and crush you.
When you chop wood,
there is danger with each stroke of your ax (Ecclesiastes 10: 8-9, NLT).”
Does this mean you don’t do these tasks?
“No one really knows what is going to happen;
no one can predict the future (Ecclesiastes 10:14, NLT).”
You see, these questions can ruin us if we are not careful. These can be crippling because they are rooted in trusting in ourselves and the circumstances of a broken world. For the Christian, our trust should be in Jesus and our identity in him. When we step out in faith, we are putting our faith in him and trusting he is in control. We may fail but he does not, he is still God. There is another part of scripture in 2 Samuel where Joab the commander of the armies of Israel saw that they were surrounded by the Ammonites and the Syrians. He divides his troops and goes to battle and tells them:
“Be of good courage, and let us be courageous for our people, and for the cities of our God, and may the Lord do what seems good to him (2 Samuel 10:12, ESV).”
He has no guarantee that they will win this battle and goes for it. He didn’t get a message from God to do this but he made a decision and said “may the Lord do what seems good to him.” He put his faith in God and took a risk. I have seen people crippled by fear but I have also seen people take a big risk that may hurt for a season, but the Lord used it.
Better to take the risk than not do anything at all.