“Faith always involves risk, and God wants you to take a risk on Him because He knows He’s dependable. . . . So even though He’s invisible to your eyes, you have His written Word. . . . He creates opportunities for you to take a risk on what He’s said. Oftentimes, He does that by allowing a spiritual crisis in your life to occur.”- Dr. Tony Evans
“By faith the people crossed the Red Sea as on dry land, but the Egyptians, when they attempted to do so, were drowned. By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days.”- Hebrews 11:29-30 (ESV)
In Chapter 10 (“The Israelites, a People Who Took Risks with God”) of Kingdom Heroes, Dr. Tony Evans stresses that faith always involves risk. But it comes with the potential to gain a tremendous reward. If you put your faith in God. Worthy is the Lamb!
Furthermore, Dr. Evans notes, God often allows a spiritual crisis in your life to occur. However, the author isn’t talking about a normal trial or difficulty. Rather, a spiritual crisis takes place when:
- God puts you in a situation only He can fix
- He places you in a scenario you can’t buy or negotiate you way out of. Or find someone to get you out of it
Hence, Dr. Evans examines four steps of faith Moses encouraged the children of Israel to take. Tony covers the first two steps today.
1. Posting the blood of lambs. First, Moses needed to convince all the children of Israel to put the blood of a lamb on their doorposts. An unprecedented instruction. Rather than argue, though, the Israelites took a risk and acted in true faith.
2. Leaving all they knew. Because God showed up so mightily in their deliverance, their Egyptian masters asked them to leave. And as the headed out of Egypt, they sang and danced. However, Dr. Evans observes, the children of Israel forgot that they’d left all they knew – reluctantly.
Today’s question: Do you agree with Dr. Evans that faith always involves risk? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: the November Short Meditation, “Let my restless soul be still”