The other day, my sons and I went on a walk around the neighborhood. I pushed them in a stroller as we enjoyed the brisk fall air.
Suddenly, a lady in a black car sped by us and blew right through a stop sign without slowing down. I was surprised because the three way stop wasn't the safest of intersections to ignore traffic signs.
My mind wandered, and I tried to imagine what I would do if the speeding car had actually caused an accident. I hypothetically hoped that I would push the stroller onto the curb at a safe distance, run toward the wreck to check on those involved, then call for help. However, the more I thought of it, and the more vivid the imaginary incident became, the less convinced I was that I would actually do something noble like running toward potential danger. I figured I would keep my distance and call 911.
I thought about what the Bible says about running toward danger.
Throughout scripture, under-qualified, ill-equipped individuals step out in bold faith to perform courageous acts in the name of the Lord. From Adam to the disciples, God called on misfits to carry out his purpose.
Christians are often faced with our own types of “danger”: rejection, opposition, loss of relationships, or even physical risk. We know that God doesn't call us to be comfortable. He calls us to do the hard stuff to strengthen our faith and ripen our testimony.
But do we always run toward the danger?
Do we see the obstacle and prayerfully tackle it? Or do we cower and walk in the opposite direction?
The “danger” can be anything that requires faithful obedience. Maybe it's a tough conversation with a loved one about sin. Maybe it's coming clean about a mistake. It could be standing up for the Lord in the face of adversity. Maybe it's sharing Jesus with a friend or offering to pray with a stranger. Perhaps, it's following God's call to missions in a dangerous land.
In situations like these, God wants us to step out in bold faith. He doesn't want us to keep our distance. We may feel ill-equipped, but God "will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus." (Phil. 4:19)
When our friends are headed down a dark path, or when someone needs to hear about the sacrifice of Jesus, God calls and equips us to do his work. When we step out in faith, God will move.
In Acts, Peter and John were put into custody for proclaiming Jesus. In this instance, nearly 5,000 men became believers because of the boldness of the disciples. Inspired by the disciples, the new Christians prayed for boldness themselves, and God moved.
“And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.” - Acts 4:31
When we pray for boldness, God will equip us to go wherever he calls us, even if it seems dangerous. Our boldness might just inspire others to run, too.