Are there risks in following God?

by Glen Jackman | Posted January 15th at 5:10pm

Here are two followers of the Lord, Moses, an older man in his 80s; the other, Mary, a young woman betrothed to Joseph. Both were assigned tasks only achievable by God through their obedience. Both realized it is better to obey God, and leave all the consequences to him.

God’s Task Sated to Moses

It was no minor task to consider — going back to Egypt from where Moses had fled, after killing an Egyptian as a prince in Pharaoh’s house. You may know of the story of the burning bush, which attracted the attention of Moses. This blazing introduction led to Moses receiving a unique calling from his God, one that what would appear to be an impossible task.

“Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You will lead my people, the Israelites, out of Egypt.” “But who am I to appear before Pharaoh?” Moses asked God. “How can you expect me to lead the Israelites out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:10-11)

God’s Task to Mary, the mother of Jesus

I am impressed by how readily Mary accepted the Lord’s will with regard to the Spirit’s work of mysteriously impregnating her with the incarnating Son of God, Jesus Christ. She obviously was brought up to honour and obey the Lord.

Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant, and I am willing to accept whatever he wants. May everything you have said come true.” Luke 1:38

When God asks you to follow him, he often doesn’t give all the information about what is happening right away. When you step out in faith, he gives guidance as you go. Moses risked his life by approaching Pharaoh and leading the Israelites out of captivity. Mary risked her marriage, her reputation, and her future by becoming the mother of Jesus. Following God’s will is not without risks; the only thing riskier than trusting God is not trusting him! 1

God’s calling is to be understood as a task in life that it is backed by His promise to guide our steps by His word, so we will not be overcome by any evil. (Psalm 119:133)

1 The indented quote is from The Mini One Year Bible


Article posted by Glen R. Jackman, founder of GraceProclaimed.org

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