risk.

“We don’t want to trust God; we want a guarantee that things will work out in our favor, and we hesitate to make a move with out one.  So we take no risks; we settle for what we know because what we don’t know is just too scary.  We accept the trade-off – an underlying dissatisfaction-so we can stay safe.

Going to the mission field is financially risky; there are no guarantees of a nice, fat pension upon retirement…Christ offers no guarantees of the sort that make us comfortable.  The fig tree may never blossom; the flock may never return to the fold.

Desiring to know the outcome of our choices is only natural, which is why Peter asked Jesus, “We have left everything and followed you.  What then will we have?” (Matt. 19:27). Jesus replied that those who leave all to follow him will indeed be blessed for doing so and will ultimately lack nothing.  But we want the details of those blessings in advance; we want guaranteed specifics.

There is only one absolute guarantee for Christians, and it is this:  “For those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers” (Rom. 8:28-29)

That is why we can step out on a risky course, if God calls us to do so.  It’s why Habakkuk could rejoice with no figs, no fruit, no olives, no flocks, and no herds in the stalls. God will do for us we he did for Habakkuk-lead us to life in the highest places with Him, no matter where it takes us, no matter what we leave behind.”

Lydia Brownback Contentment p.62

Though the fig tree should not blossom,
nor fruit be on the vines,
the produce of the olive fail
and the fields yield no food,
the flock be cut off from the fold
and there be no herd in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the LORD;
I will take joy in the God of my salvation.
GOD, the Lord, is my strength;
he makes my feet like the deer’s;
he makes me tread on my high places.
To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments.
(Habakkuk 3:17-19 ESV)

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