Monday, January 14, 2008

willing to take some risk? :: Monday E-Devotion

Big question: are you willing to take some risk?  For most of us, we would rather 'play it safe' and leave risk to other people.  This would be with our money, our families, our school or job and with all of life.  But the fact is that if we don't take some steps and move forward, which calls for risk, we may never see growth, success and many of the good things that come in life.
God has not saved us just so we can maintain life where it is.  The so-called 'status quo' is not the place God destined us for.
Our Chase the Lion series at The Community Fellowship continues as this week we deal with Taking Risks?  this is awesome stuff.  Don't miss it.  Get the book if you need to.
Daniel was part our our thought on risk.  He took some big ones, and Daniel saw God bless his steps because Daniel trusted God.  Read on and be challenged:
(taken from Daniel 6 in the NLT)
10 But when Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to his God.
16 So at last the king gave orders for Daniel to be arrested and thrown into the den of lions. The king said to him, "May your God, whom you serve so faithfully, rescue you."
19-23 Very early the next morning, the king got up and hurried out to the lions' den.  When he got there, he called out in anguish, "Daniel, servant of the living God! Was your God, whom you serve so faithfully, able to rescue you from the lions?"  Daniel answered, "Long live the king!  My God sent his angel to shut the lions' mouths so that they would not hurt me, for I have been found innocent in his sight. And I have not wronged you, Your Majesty."  The king was overjoyed and ordered that Daniel be lifted from the den. Not a scratch was found on him, for he had trusted in his God.
25-27 Then King Darius sent this message to the people of every race and nation and language throughout the world: "Peace and prosperity to you!  I decree that everyone throughout my kingdom should tremble with fear before the God of Daniel.  For he is the living God, and he will endure forever.  His kingdom will never be destroyed, and his rule will never end.  He rescues and saves his people; he performs miraculous signs and wonders in the heavens and on earth.  He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions."
Now that is an awesome story.  Here is what happened: Daniel knew what right, and he did it.  No matter the costs.  He was punished for taking the risk of doing what was right, and God blessed Daniel.  God used the situation.  The entire nation, not just the king, heard about God and His power.
Wait a minute.  Taking risks might not land you in jail or the lion's den.  But it may land you in trouble or in stress or in need.  The end results are up to God, and God has shown that taking risks mean that we trust God.  Have you taken any risks for God lately?
Chase the lion with me as we take risks.

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