Faith, Music, Personal Journey

Daily Devotional with Mr. Jeffrey A. Hale 🎼🎧🙏

🎶There’s somethin’ wrong with the world today

I don’t know what it is

Something’s wrong with our eyes. We’re seein’ things in a different way

And God knows it ain’t his

It shore ain’t no surprise Livin’ on the edge🎶

“Livin’ on the Edge” is great song by the rock band Aerosmith. The song was written by Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, and Mark Hudson. It was released in 1993 as the first single from the band’s commercially successful album “Get a Grip” This song talks about how the world is a crazy place, but people remain stuck in their routines and refuse to change. I feel “Living on the Edge” by Aerosmith is a song about risk taking. It’s a song that encourages us all to step out from where you are and to take a risk. The song has undertones of deep disatisfaction within it. Today I am reading Hebrews 11:8-10.

(By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise. For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God)

This morning, I am exploring the theme of “Risktaking” and one of the the greatest risk takers was Abraham. As Believers we like nothing better than playing it safe. We are those who when we are confronted by the risks of life first gather as many facts as possible, view the options, and make choices so that we are in control and reasonably certain of the outcome. Abraham did not gather the facts, view the options, was not in control and could not forsee the outcome. He took a risk. YeHoVaH/God’s perspective is that there are times for the followers of Yeshua/Jesus to take risks! There are times that we are encouraged to say yes despite what we can see in front of us. When YeHoVaH/God is the one asking us to step out of our comfort zone we can consider ourselves safe in His hands and safe under His direction just like Abraham in the passage. From YeHoVaH/God’s viewpoint, there is no uncertainty, because He has control over all things and He will never fail to accomplish His good purposes (Eph. 1:11). Facebook friends, I am dealing with this situation as you read this, spiritual growth is stunted when we refuse to obey YeHoVaH/God. Sometimes that involves leaving what is safe or familiar and like Abraham taking a journey into the unknown. But risks must be taken, because the greatest risk in life is to risk nothing. The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing, and becomes nothing. He may avoid suffering and sorrow, but he simply cannot learn, feel, change, grow or love. Chained by his certitude, he is a slave, he has forfeited his freedom. Only the person who risks is truly free. Amen?

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