Monday, April 30, 2012

walk humbly :: risk


With my 2012 "word" being risk, I am studying risk takers in the Bible.
It's fascinating to learn these nuggets from Bible greats.

the art of losing myself

David's journey is such a fascinating one to me. He slew Goliath (which was a risk all by itself). David was appointed King of Israel. God chose him to move the ark, and that was no small task. David found so much favor. It seemed things were going so well for him.

In the wake of success, I've often thought about how it's so important to spend time with God and to constantly seek growth and upgrades in your character. David saw Bathsheba and wanted her. She was brought to him and conceived. His sin snowballed from there as he tried desperately to cover things up. When Bathsheba's husband, Uriah, didn't cooperate with David's cover up, David sent him to the front lines where he was eventually killed. David took Bathsheba as his wife. It would seem no one would be the wiser. However, our sin has a way of catching up, of coming to the light.

That's exactly what happened when Nathan came and rebuked David's actions. Here's where the risk part comes in. David was a King, and I think the natural tendency for leaders is to show they're strong, and they can do no wrong. The unnatural tendency is to humbly admit our wrongs. David humbled himself and confessed. I believe that was the riskiest, most powerful thing he could have done.

Selfishness and pride are the main roadblocks that keep me from walking humbly. Though initial perception might tell me that being humble is weak, I choose to risk what others might think of me to walk that road. Strength comes from walking humbly in the light.

Scripture reference: 2 Samuel 11, 12

6 comments :

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I've had this on my heart, too, Jen. The humbleness v. pride issue. Thank you for putting it in such a clear perspective. blessings ~ tanna

MaryAnne K said...

This is my favorite so far in this series. It's so easy to give ourselves credit for our accomplishments when things are going well!

Dayna Bickham said...

With great risk is great reward. I think the riskiest thing we can do is be transparent. I love when my failures illuminate God's grace and mercy for someone else. Great post!

Jennifer @ Studio JRU said...

Such a great reminder Jen! I love your last sentence... strength comes from walking humbly in the light. It sure does!!

Elisa | blissfulE said...

This is a great post, Jen! So true about leaders wanting to seem impervious, but it certainly does catch up with them. So much better to stay humble. Thanks for the reminder.

Katie said...

"Strength comes from walking humbly in the light."

Beautiful! and Indeed!

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