Have you ever wished that you took more risks?
I often think this as I watch Shark Tank. The savvy entrepreneurs featured as “Sharks” defied all odds to achieve success. They hustled and worked against all opposition they experienced to get what they wanted.
And countless other celebrities would tell you that the odds were stacked against them.
Walt Disney when he was fired because of his lack of creativity.
Oprah was told she got too emotionally invested in her news stories.
Steven Spielberg was rejected from the Southern California School of Cinematic Arts.
It's really easy to see those stories and think that those people are special cases.
But here’s the thing we forget all too often:
God doesn’t do “odds.”
God at his very core is greater than us. And because he created the reasoning that we use to observe and speculate about the future, it would make sense that his ways would sometimes (or even oftentimes) go outside what we would expect AND be better, even with pain or uncertainty involved.
My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord.
“And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
For just as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so my ways are higher than your ways
and my thoughts higher than your thoughts. - Isaiah 55:8-9
If He goes against what would most likely be possible, He disrupts our reasoning.
If He disrupts our reasoning, He gets our attention.
If He gets our attention, we tend to listen better.
I think about Jonathan and his armor-bearer taking on the entire Philistine army by themselves. If Jonathan had been looking at reason, he surely would’ve stayed put in his tent. But instead, he gets himself and his sidekick out of bed and in enemy territory--don’t miss this--ON A HUNCH.
“Let’s go across to the outpost of those pagans,” Jonathan said to his armor bearer. “Perhaps the Lord will help us, for nothing can hinder the Lord. He can win a battle whether he has many warriors or only a few!” - 1 Samuel 14:6
Did you see that one little word, “Perhaps…”?
Now that’s a risk.
And I think Jonathan was so eager to take it because he understood this thing that so many of us miss: God doesn’t do “odds.” In fact, he loves defying odds so that He can wake humans up from their “humanness” and receive glory Himself.
Jonathan didn’t attack the Philistines because he wanted to make a name for himself.
Jonathan attacked because he saw an opportunity.
What opportunities lay in front of you?
In order to see them, you might have to lay “reason” to the side for a minute or two.
What are the incredible outcomes that could only happen through God’s provision and power?
Instead of running towards what makes sense, it’s time for us to run towards Jesus.
Sure, sometimes He is resting in the reasonable choice. But the reasonable choice is not a sign that Jesus is there.
Seek Him out. Pray so as to make yourself uncomfortable. And then see how God leads your steps, words, and actions. It may surprise you.