While some may have entered 2013 with new expectations, others may find themselves sorting through a pile of unwanted issues that somehow followed them from 2012. Truthfully, hoarder tendencies may be the reason that some people stuffed those lingering issues in their spiritual backpacks falsely thinking that those items were necessary for the New Year. No matter how those issues arrived in 2013, the critical decisions that you face in moving forward may have you stuck in between a rock and a hard place. You may feel as if the nearest and dearest to your heart teeters on a tightrope that makes a sacrifice such as Abraham faced with Isaac feel oh so familiar. Even your knowledge of the “ram in the bush” promise does not make it appear where you think it should be.
Past disappointments, regrets, and honestly just not feeling as if God is in “this thing” has caused many believers to waver between faith and worry. You don’t see him moving like He did the last time. You don’t see him rushing to save you from your pending life or death situation and you feel like Lazarus as you wait for Jesus to respond. You wake up with your game face on ready to do battle, but as you go throughout your day facing hurdle after hurdle, weariness slowly creeps in.
Even the thought that another disappointment will be placed in what appears to be a growing and overpowering pile of regrets and hopelessness leaves you feeling defeated.
A few days ago, I found myself with my own list of questions and concerns but each time hopelessness tried to suck me into that awful pit, the skeleton of my soul would not surrender and I pressed in all the more to hear from God. The will of my soul rose up in me determined to hold on for just a little bit longer. In the silence of that moment, the enemy of my soul tried to get me out of my press by challenging me to create a pro’s and con’s list that would cause me to partner with what I believed to be comfortable and familiar instead of what God desired for my life. It was in that moment that I heard God speak to clearly to me as He simply asked,
“Are you willing to risk it all for me?”
Risk as defined by Encarta Dictionary is what you do when you take a chance of something going wrong or when you incur the chance of something harmful, dangerous, or detrimental in your life. The thought of taking a risk for God hit my spirit and I thought about all the times when I had taken the risk for people and things with no reward or good ending. Even though I lost many times, I repeatedly approached the situation with a gambler’s mentality saying to myself, “Maybe this time I will win” or “Maybe this time, it will all work out”. All the times that I said yes to an if and maybe without even asking God if my decision was based on His direction for my life proved to be a losing gamble. I realized that my self-made disappointment had clouded my ability to understand that laying it all on the line for God was not a risk at all. Are you really taking a risk by submitting to one who has all power in His hand? God questioning me with an answer that He already knew was simply His way of challenging me to align my thinking to Him.
Being in a place of not knowing is really an elevation to strengthen our faith. When we realize that, we can take an all knowing- all seeing God to places unfamiliar to us, there is no risk. We don’t enter situations blindly when God is leading the way and has our back at the same time. He is our rearguard! Even now, close your eyes and imagine Him leading you through a dark place and opening a door where light suddenly shows brightly like the outdoors at high noon. Yes, that experience is how it looks when you allow God to guide you through that tough situation that you are struggling with right now. So today, be encouraged. You can risk it all for Christ and become a trailblazer for your own destiny entering into places that no man has entered before!
Gina Dacus - speaker, author, prophetic artist who desires to pour out every God given gift for the duration of her life - there are no limitations in Christ!