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January 9, 2014

January 9, 2014

"Obeying God Requires Taking a Risk"

“After Herod died, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt and said, ‘Get up, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel for those who were trying to take the child’s life are dead.’”  Matthew 2: 19 - 20 NIV

If it was uncomfortable for Joseph to go to Egypt, how much more uncomfortable must it have been when he got the word to come back to Israel.  Here was God telling him to take his son back to the very place where he was at risk.

Because Joseph believed God and trusted what He told him, he took the risk and went down to Egypt with his family.  He knew that was the right place to be because that is what God told him.

The Bible says, “Even when I am afraid I keep on trusting you.”  Psalm 56: 3 CEV.  Notice it’s not “if” I’m afraid but “when” I’m afraid.  We may want a life of no fears in this world but that only happens in heaven.  We all have fears we have to face.

Some of our fears are big; some are little.  We fear the future, what’s going to happen with our jobs or our family.  We fear little things like whether we said the right thing to someone.  Some of us even fear making a phone call.

In all of these situations, you have a choice to make.  Are you going to let the fear control you or are you going to take the risk of faith because you know you have a God who loves you?

That risk of faith could mean going someplace you’ve never been before.  It could mean forgiving someone you felt you couldn’t forgive.  It could mean leaving your job.

A risk of faith could also be praying about something or deciding to trust God with a situation or relationship you held tight in your hand.

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don