“Truly the Lord has given all the land into our hands.” This is what was reported back to Joshua after he sent two men out to secretly go and spy out Jericho.
Can you imagine the excitement of these guys? Joshua picked them and they were tasked with checking out Jericho. Now, remember these guys grew up in the desert, west of the Jordan. They would have trained for war with their buddies across the dunes, but they were still new to warfare. Having witnessed God split the waters to cross the Jordan river right in front of Jericho, their faith was at record highs. Emboldened they carried with them a very important task.
Business, as in many areas of our lives, is filled with uncertainties. For as many opportunities as there are, there are always corresponding risks. To take advantage of the best of them we have to account for all the opportunities, prioritise the important ones and manage risks to a level appropriate with our risk appetite. But it’s impossible to remove all the uncertainty. That’s where faith comes in.
The question we have to ask ourselves is what are we prepared to risk in order to go after that which hasn’t yet been taken? It’s a trade-off between the zone of familiarity and the pursuit of the extraordinary.
For me, this comes down to one thing and one thing alone: what is it that you see? The theme that God is speaking to us as business people is to see what He sees. To have our spiritual eyes open to what God is doing. I’m often reminded by the Holy Spirit that Christ is into the advance of His Kingdom and His agenda. I shared this thought with our team at work. At Kingson, we have a team of professionals that invest in early-stage startups so the risk is something we deal with every day. As I unpacked the mission of God and His agenda, there was a shift in how we prayed. When we have eyes to see what God is doing it allows us to pray His agenda. It’s in these times of prayer that God often shows us what’s to come. But it’s seldom the full picture. Even if it’s just a glimpse, a sense of the promise, we pray into it and God stirs up faith for that. It’s in these moments we find ourselves in the slipstream of His agenda. When you step out into this it’s exhilarating, it’s nerve-wracking and wonderful at the same time.
It doesn’t matter how small a glimpse it is. What’s important is that God reveals something of it to you. And as you pray into it, faith stirs and faith gives rise to the movement. As Jesus followers, it’s that faith that causes us to advance into the promises of God. We always think stepping out in faith is risky, but I think not stepping out into what God has said is far riskier. We are bold when we can see the promise of God.
I can only imagine the two spies, their hearts pounding as they made their way into Jericho. Wondering about their next step, they walk into Rahab’s house. And she delivers them a message. The exact same message God earlier had given the nation of Israel. She says: “I know that God has given you this land. For we have heard of what He has done for you up to now. How He dried up the water of the Red Sea when you left Egypt, what you did to the two kings of the Amorites and how you devoted them to destruction.”
What she is saying is, “We have seen what God has done for you.” And she reminds them: what God has said to you, will come to pass. The message back to Joshua, and the message that we have to carry in our hearts is the same: look and see, God has given you the land. Go and advance.