How Should We Look at Risk Spiritually?

In the business world today people are always trying to manage risk.  But executives have to take calculated risks with their businesses in order to make a profit.  Are we willing to take calculated risks spiritually in order to reap a benefit?


In the words we use, risk is something to be avoided.  In the dictionary, it has a negative connotation.  It involves something unknown and uncertain, so we associate it with loss.

But how should we view risk with regards to our faith?  And what does our view of risk in our spiritual lives say that we believe about God?  Here are three ways to look at risk through a biblical lens.


No risk, no faith.


God wants us to be willing to step out in faith in all areas of our lives.  He wants us to be willing to trust Him even in our business.  And faith and trust involve risk.

We think there is a risk in trusting God with our business.  We think that He might disappoint us.  And we think that we might look stupid—or worse, that we have believed in vain—if we trust Him.

But if we are not growing in faith, then we are growing in fear.  God has made numerous assurances in the Bible that we should have faith and not fear.  If we do not exercise that faith, then we are letting fear win.


No risk, no growth. 


When we step out in faith, we allow ourselves to grow.  To grow as a person.  To grow in faith.  And to grow in our relationship with God, even in our business life.

If we are not willing to act on what we think we hear God saying to us, then we will not grow in our ability to hear Him.  Growing in faith involves being willing to make mistakes.  And learning from them.

It’s like learning to ride a bike.  If we try to learn, we might fall down.  And we might look silly.  But if we don’t try to ride a bike, then we will never learn how.

It works the same way as growing in faith.  We have to be willing to step out and try in order to reap the benefit of personal growth.


No risk, no reward. 


When we are willing to step out in faith, we have the reward of having a stronger faith.  We learn what God’s voice sounds like.  We become more willing to follow His voice.  And we get the benefit of knowing God better.

Hebrews 11:6 tells us it is impossible to please God without faith, and God rewards them who diligently seek Him.

When we look at life through the lens of that Bible verse, we can’t lose.  When we step out in faith, we risk nothing.  In fact, if we don’t step out in faith, we risk losing everything that matters.


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