THE RISK OF FAITH
So, he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim; which conceived and bare him a son. And the Lord said unto him, call his name Jezreel; for yet a little while, and I will avenge the blood of Jezreel upon the house of Jehu, and will cause to cease the kingdom of the house of Israel. And it shall come to pass at that day, that I will break the bow of Israel, in the valley of Jezreel (Hosea 1:3-5)
Very often God asks us to do something which defies human logic. In the case of Hosea, God commanded him to take for his wife a woman who was a known harlot. The command alone seems to be a contradiction to what is generally considered the will of God. "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it brings forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: (Isaiah 55: 8-10)
The purposes of God are usually higher than our ability to understand. I'm sure that Abraham, the father of faith, struggled with this as well, nevertheless, he went forth trusting and believe in God for the outcome. That is what we must do when God calls us to do something difficult. Very often the problem with obedience is the problem with imagination. Hosea, against all logic, did as God commanded, leaving the outcome of his obedience to God. That is a hard lesson for us to learn. Trusting God when nothing makes sense is the true risk of faith.