One who watches the wind will not sow, and the one who looks at the clouds will not reap. – Ecclesiastes 11:4
Quite possibly the greatest hindrance to the advance of any successful endeavor is the fear of failure; precisely, a fear of failure that manifests itself in a demand for the perfect set of conditions that will guarantee success and eliminate risk.
Like the proverbial farmer above, who will never experience “perfect” conditions, we often must “sow” and “reap” when the “wind” and “clouds” do not seem promising. Advance and success without risk is a pipe dream … particularly, when one is advancing the gospel. Risk implies reliance on Someone or something and when it comes to God’s work, our risk is mitigated by the sure knowledge of His sovereignty.
Knowing what we are here to do, we must simply be fearless about it.
No man is worth his salt who is not ready at all times to risk his well-being, to risk his body, to risk his life, in a great cause. – Theodore Roosevelt