Genesis 12:1. Now the Lord said to Abram, ‘Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.’
Life is a risky business. It always has been, but it is even more so at the moment. We live with risk every day. Do I get up? Will I slip on the bathroom floor? Will I scald myself while making a cup of tea? Do I go out? Will I unknowingly be in close contact with someone with Covid-19 and get a message through Test and Trace to self-isolate for 14 days? I have just completed a risk profile form for a financial adviser as I begin to think about semi-retirement in 2021 which has made me think again about risk and my attitude to it – at least with regard to my pension. Am I a reckless or cautious person? I suspect I am on the cautious side of the scale which made me think about my attitude to God and faith. Am I cautious in my walk with God? If God told me to go from my country, my kindred and my father’s house would I do it? Perhaps it wasn’t such a risky business for Abram, who lived in a nomadic society and was used to being on the move, but to leave family and friends and move to a completely different land at a time when there was no means of keeping in touch and little possibility of going back was still a big risk.
I need to challenge myself and my willingness to take risks for God, to step out in faith when He asks me to, as Abram did.
Father God, thank you that you are with us every step of our lives. With you beside us, your Spirit inside us, there is no risk. Give us your peace, strength and confidence to follow your plan for our lives, turning our fear of risk into a willingness to step out in faith. Amen.