Faith,’ you’ll often hear it said, ‘is spelled R-I-S-K’. Beyond the obvious linguistic point that it isn’t spelled like that at all, however, is a deeper one - thinking of faith as synonymous with risk is dishonouring to the God we claim to have faith in
...the failure to trust in the promises of God - is the really risky course of action. Sarah didn’t really believe God could give Abraham a son, and in unfaith she worked to engineer things to try to fulfil the promise in her own way, with dire consequences. If Noah had not had faith in God’s seemingly-ridiculous word to him, it would have been disastrous for the whole human race. And we all know what happened to the Israelites when they failed to trust God’s ability to overcome their enemies – they spent 40 miserable years in the desert and died there when a little faith in the God who had proved himself powerful beyond their wildest dreams would have seen them safely installed in the Promised Land.
It’s not faith that is spelled R-I-S-K, it’s doubt.
Faith is spelled O-B-E-D-I-E-N-C-E, H-O-P-E and J-O-Y.
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