The Odds Are Better Than They Look (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 183)
Numbers 13:25-26 (NLT)
After exploring the land for forty days, the men returned to Moses, Aaron, and the whole community of Israel at Kadesh in the wilderness of Paran. They reported to the whole community what they had seen and showed them the fruit they had taken from the land.
What does it mean to gamble? Gambling is nothing more than a game of chance. It means to take a risk. And billions of dollars are lost every single year because many people are obviously not afraid to gamble on money. Some people even gamble on other people’s lives. Gambling — taking a risk with one’s financials — is a past time, even a daily game for some. Life itself is risky business.
We take risks only to achieve a certain result. The odds are always equally negative as they are positive. There is no such thing as a risk without uncertainty. To risk anything is at its very core not to know what is going to happen. For many of us, the unknown is a very scary but unavoidable proposition. However, there is no growth without a certain level of risk.
In our humanity, we think we need to know the end from the beginning. But in God’s economy, we only need to trust. When we trust God, the odds are always better than they look. For Moses and the children of Israel, the Promised Land was an unknown, uncertain destination. They did not know what lie ahead. They could only trust God and take Him at His word.
This is what God wants us to do. Moses had faith and trusted God so much that He was willing to go where God told Him to go. He knew the Promised Land was ahead of him not because he had seen it but because God had told him it was there. Don’t let uncertainty hold you back from realizing God’s plan for your life. Bet on God. The odds are always better than they look.
“Every Christian’s life is marked by ‘windows of opportunity’ that demand that they take a radical step of faith in order to follow Christ and fulfill His agenda for their life.”
— Chip Ingram