I have no idea who “R” is but this guy nailed it when it came to the battle that was often going on inside me.
My faith seems to reside in the “think and be logical” part of my head, while my trust, it lives in the “tender and vulnerable” places in my heart.
All is well, until, they both meet up with “Mr. R” which is a perfect illustration for the troublesome addition of RISK.
When a decision that involves risk comes into play, then the conversational quote from above becomes my inner dialogue—and the battle ensues.
Yet, if we are honest with ourselves, then we must admit that much of our lives and our choices are bound up in risk.
Going for the gusto.
I have always liked Luci Swindoll’s, “Give it the Koo-tash!”
Whatever language you like to couch it in, RISK and FAITH and TRUST are all bound together, like it or not.
But, who doesn’t want to love wildly, passionately, and fearlessly? The rewards are tremendous, yes?
Ah, but so are the risks. Just ask the guy who has crashed and burned and is trying to put the shattered pieces of his heart back together again! Ask him to “trust again” and what sort of answer do you think you will get?
He may have a real battle getting his head and heart to sync up again.
Walking by faith. Taking a bold leap. Both are impossible without risking the heart and trust.
So what are we to do?
The world says you can break all the rules and follow your heart. It will all work out.
But our faith says that though risk is an essential part of living a full and rewarding life, breaking the rules God has put in place for our protection, will definitely break us!
And that is a truth that I can testify to.
Yes, we are to walk by faith, but soberly. We are not to check our brains at the door! Proverbs has a great deal to say about the fool and the wise man.
God wants us to bring our decisions to Him, seek His wisdom by trusting His word, and wait for clear direction.