The Risk of Faith

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Daily Reformation, 2 Corinthians 6:4-11

From the Reformer

What he says here some refer to assurance of hope. (Hebrews 6:11) “I do not run in vain, nor do I run the risk of losing my labor, for I have the Lord’s promise, which never deceives.” It rather appears to me, however, that his object is to direct the course of believers straight forward toward the goal, that it may not be wavering and devious. “The Lord exercises us here in the way of running and wrestling, but he sets before us the object at which we ought to aim, and prescribes a sure rule for our wrestling, that we may not weary ourselves in vain.” Now he takes in both the similitudes that he had employed. “I know,” says he, “whither I am running, and, like a skillful wrestler, I am anxious that I may not miss my aim.” Those things ought to kindle up and confirm the Christian breast, so as to devote itself with greater alacrity to all the duties of piety; for it is a great matter not to wander in ignorance through uncertain windings.

—John Calvin, Commentary on Corinthians

Pulling It Together

The Christian life is difficult if one looks for a favorable response from the world. The world thinks you insane. Yet there is no one saner. Look to the world and you may wonder if you have lost your way. Look to Christ and know there is no other track. You only run the risk of the world’s impudence. All else is perfect peace and hope and certainty. Take the risk of faith. Rejoice! For then there is no risk at all.

© Mark E. Ryman, Daily Reformation: Devotions with the Reformers

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