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April 20, 2017

Faith = Risk

By: Apryl Oberholtzer [Morgantown, PA]

When I decided to take a few Bible classes online, everyone told me I was crazy.

Why pay for extra classes when I was already struggling financially? But I knew that I was entering turbulent times and would need help focusing my attention on Christ.


Peter walks on water in Matthew 14:22–32.


One day, my teacher said, “Faith is spelled R-I-S-K. You do not grow in faith if you risk nothing.” What he said was true. The times when I have been asked to give of myself the most are the times I’ve received. Centering my life around God and stepping out in faith are not easy. I don’t like to be outside my comfort zone. Talking to others about my faith or praying for strangers to be healed is uncomfortable for me. Working extra hours to try to afford Bible classes is scary and exhausting.

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Then I think of Peter, who stepped out onto the water to go to Jesus. Even when the risk is great and I cannot see the outcome, my job is to step out of the boat and walk toward Jesus. Even when I lose heart and start to sink, I can still trust him to reach out and catch me. People point out Peter’s mistake of taking his eyes off Jesus, but Peter is the only one who dared to step out onto the waves.


TRY THIS: Write on an index card “FAITH = RISK.” Look at the card before you start each day as a reminder to keep your eyes on Jesus and to follow boldly.


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Write on an index card “FAITH = RISK.” Look at the card before you start each day as a reminder to keep your eyes on Jesus and to follow boldly.

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