Step Forward; Speak Up

Genesis 44:18   (NLT)   Then Judah stepped forward and said, “Please, my Lord, let your servant say just one word to you. Please, do not be angry with me, even though you are as powerful as Pharaoh himself.

At times the difference between good or bad, success and failure, life and death depends on whether we step forward or not, whether we speak up or not. Judah was about to lose another brother; as a result, he may have also lost his father. He wasn’t going to let that Genesis 44.18 - Step Forward, Speak Uphappen without trying to do something. He risked incurring the anger of the 2nd most powerful man on earth that time; he did it anyway. He stepped forward; he spoke up; he explained; he pleaded, and it dramatically changed what could have been a devastating continuation or conclusion of their story. His effort benefited him, and a lot more people—perhaps, an entire race of people.

There are so many great opportunities people allow to slip right through their fingers just because of not taking the step of faith, not opening their mouths. There’s a lot of wisdom in constraint; there’s wisdom in silence; it’s not necessary to always step forward and talk. There are dead heroes who could have been living heroes had they taken more precaution. But there is time and place for doing something.

There are worthy causes and reasons risking our lives for. It will take people of courage and conviction—people who recognize the value of what they are fighting for. It will take people of discernment, wisdom, and humility; they know who to approach; they know the people to talk to; they know the people who can help, and they know the people who can make a difference in their situation. These are people who act in faith—they believe that they need to do something, that they can do something, and that something can happen.

God knows how to bestow favor upon them. His Word clearly declares: He is pleased with faith and those who act on their faith.

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Wisdom in Danger

Proverbs 27:12   (KJV)   12 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.

Evil, dangers—they’re real; they’ll come. It’s wise to hide when they do and when we can.

For some, it’s too late to know which ones are heroes and which ones are fools. Heroes face dangers head-on because they need to; fools face dangers when there is no need to.

Protecting oneself is just natural; there’s nothing wrong with that. Others will accuse us of cowardice; it’s okay, better live mislabeled than dead.

Hiding until danger passes may delay us, but it doesn’t necessarily stop us…Better late than dead.

Wisdom has consequences, foolishness has too. Wisdom reaps pleasant rewards; foolishness harvests destruction.

Dangers come from different places, from different directions. At times, they come from the outside; At times, they come from the inside.

We hide from dangers that come from the outside; we get rid of those that comes from within.

A change of course can be the best thing that can happen to us. If we’re treading a dangerous path, it’s best to get off that course. If not, we can get destroyed.

For some of us, I pray this will be a loving reminder: maybe, just maybe, it’s time for us to change. For God’s glory and honor, and for our best, there’s no time to wait; let’s do it.