Updated: Dec 7, 2021
So, when you hear the word ‘risk’, it doesn’t really spark a feeling of delight in your spirit does it? When I hear the word ‘risk’, it sparks uncertainty in my brain and my thoughts start to contemplate “what is the risk” and “what can I do about it to avoid a bad outcome!”
Yet, the world we live in is full of risk.
I suppose without any risks in our lives, our lives would be pretty boring. Sometimes risks arise because we have adversity. Now when I think of adversity, I think of a big challenge coming my way, or maybe a set-back I have had with a decision that didn’t go well, or maybe a crisis of some kind in our world. . . something like a pandemic? If there was ever a cultural crisis, I would have to name it the Coronovirus-19 of the year 2020!
Resilience is a characteristic that developed quickly in me through adversity. Resilience is not just thinking positive, or never having stress in your life, or the fact that you will never suffer. If you are considered a resilient person, that means you can withstand adversity and bounce back from these difficult life events.
We are all born into adversity. Our world has been in an adverse state of affairs ever since Eve handed Adam the forbidden apple in the Garden of Eden. (Genesis 2) But then God had a plan, didn’t He? He sacrificed His only begotten Son, Jesus. Jesus was born to die and bring deliverance to all people.
John 3:16 New King James Version (NKJV)
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Not everyone accepts Jesus as being the Savior of this adverse world, but He is. Once we accept Jesus, He does restore our well-being, He assists us with emotional distress, He empowers us with His Holy Spirit to fight fear, and most of all, He gives us supernatural love for other people.
Colossians 2:9-10 New King James Version (NKJV)
Maya Angelou quoted, “I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.” I believe this means that without trials in our life, we would never recognize the blessings.
Finding gratitude in the face of uncertainty is a lot of work. When we don’t feel happy or delightful, what do we have to be grateful for? We miss so many gratitude moments because we live by how we feel instead of seeing the truth of what is really happening around us. Our feelings are warning signals to us, but feelings are not to be trusted on how to live our life. Feelings change constantly and are not dependable.
Humans will let their feelings determine what they believe about their situation. If the person doesn’t feel loved, then they may feel they are unlovable by others. If I feel that God is mad at me, then He must be mad at me. If another person rejects you and hurts you, you start to believe that you are worthless because of how that person made you feel.
A LIE WILL FEEL TRUE IF YOU CHOOSE TO BELIEVE IT. Who is the father of all lies?
An example of some positive thinking is written from a 17th Century Japanese Poet & Samurai by the name of Mizuta Masahide. He wrote, “My barn having burned down, now I can see the moon.” Nothing he can do about his barn, so the good in this situation is now he can see that beautiful moon every night from his window in the house.
Depending on the glasses we choose to put on every morning, be it those baby blue positive glasses, or those hot red negative glasses, this will determine what we see all day long. In other words, we choose to see what we are feeling, or what our mood dictates. When we see things in our life as devastating and no way to be fixed because that is how we are feeling, you can bet that is exactly what you will see all day and your thoughts will follow this path. You will not be grateful for the food you eat and the clothes you are wearing. You will think the food is bland and your clothes are old and worn out. (But at least we have food and clothes to wear, right?)
If you are wearing those baby blue positive glasses in the face of uncertainty while you are feeling badly, you will see those positive things all day in spite of your feelings. And, it is a known fact that positivity is controlled by us. We choose whether to be positive and see the good in circumstances.
James 1:5-8 New King James Version (NKJV)
5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
In James 1: 5-8 it reads, “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” But that verse doesn’t mean we use God to ask for what we want all the time and we never spend time with Him. God is not the tooth fairy that just shows up when you have lost something. The second part of that verse says, “But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.”
The wisdom we ask for is asking in faith; asking for spiritual understanding of the purpose of the trial you are in. God gives to those who love Him, liberally and generously.
Don’t get stuck in apprehension! Circumstances are uncertain – where do we find our stability? We find stability in our Faith in God. HE is here with us. Keep looking for Him and moving forward. Take the next step. Don’t allow adversity to paralyze you. Do the next thing you know to do, and if you don’t know, ASK GOD. Nothing surprises our God in anything we do.
Live your life with your eyes on God. It is not a boring life when God is involved in it! HE will help you with every decision. Give God permission to step in and help you. Share your life with Him and ask Him to show Himself to you. Pray consistently and let God help you manage your risks and adversities. Keep asking God and bring your needs to Him.
Without faith, it is impossible to please God. Occasional conversation with God is not what He loves from His creation of you. Those who pursue God, He honors! Look for God in all that you do. He will give you these things as He has given to me:
Strength to build on
Possibilities in how to make things better
Teach you to live in the present moment, not in yesterday for it has already been used, and not tomorrow for that isn’t promised yet
Eyes to see what is good in your life and in this world
And He will show you His purpose for your life
Has something shaken you to the core of your soul? How did it begin and where are you now? What will you do differently now as a lesson learned? Who can help you? Seek God first.
Be honest with yourself and seek the truth in the situation. What did you do right or wrong? Take ownership and keep thinking and moving forward. It is our self-knowledge that unlocks answers to what we need to do next, what was the purpose of the situation, and are your values being upheld?
Our prayer for today:
2 Corinthians 4:8-9 New Living Translation (NLT)
8 We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. 9 We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.
Father God, I come to You right now and ask for Your wisdom for the circumstances of my life. I need You to help me. Help me to lower my pride and come to You right now in humility, knowing I can’t do this life without You. Forgive me for the times I do not come to You and I get caught up in this world and follow this world’s wisdom.
Specifically, I ask for Your help in ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________. I will not doubt that You have heard my prayer. Show me Your Will for my life and my purpose. Thank you, Father God, for all things that are good in my life and help my faith to increase.
I thank you for your Son , Jesus Christ, and it is in Jesus’ name I pray.