Daily Devotional–March 24, 2021
“Farmers who wait for perfect weather never plant. If they watch every cloud, they never harvest.” (Ecclesiastes 11:4, NLT)
If there’s one thing I’ve learned over this year, it’s that nothing is ever accomplished without a level of risk. When we let worry over potential problems control our decision-making, we will inevitably become frozen in place—isolating, filled with anxiety, perpetually too scared to step out of our comfort zone because of things that ‘might’ happen. At the same time, to deny that there is any risk at all and to live with utter abandon, even in the face of danger, crosses a line and leaves us making foolhardy decisions and judging other’s cautiousness as lacking faith.
There is definitely a balance to be obtained—the ability to assess reasonable risk. Attempts to safeguard anything perfectly leave us immobile, just like Solomon’s farmer looking for perfect weather in order to begin planting or harvesting. The problem is that this seeking after the ideal conditions that rarely present themselves may safeguard us in the moment but will most assuredly result in nothing good and needful getting done as well. If we had the ability to predict the future and to be able to assess all the variables, we might have cause for exercising greater degrees of caution at times, but we don’t. Solomon also encourages us to live with a higher degree of tolerance for risk when he writes, “No one really knows what is going to happen; no one can predict the future” (Ecclesiastes 10:14).
So, with those wise words of Solomon’s, let me encourage each of us not to refrain from doing the good that God wants us to just because it might put us in harm’s way. Life is full of risk even without a pandemic to deal with. It is important to remember that God’s in control, He has already determined the number of our days on earth, and the hope of eternity in heaven is assured for all who put their faith in Him. We are not called to take foolish risks, but neither can we let worry over risk immobilize us. Even during this time of restrictions, we are still called to do good, but how that looks for each one of us will differ. May you find ways to show God’s love to others today…with reasonable risk!
~ Pastor Jane
First licensed for pastoral ministry in 1994, Pastor Jane Peck has served in camp and church ministries in three denominations, five provinces and in a variety of roles. Her most recent position is that of Pastor at Hope Chapel which she began in 2020. She is excited to see what God can and will do in the days to come!