'...we can come before God with freedom and without fear. We can do this through faith in Christ.' Ephesians 3:12 NCV
When you walk by faith God will test you like he tested Elijah! The prophet was sitting alone beside a dried–up stream when God sent him on a 160km hike through the desert to Zarephath. At the time Elijah was a wanted man, so coming out of hiding meant really trusting God for his safety. Next, God told him that, when he got there a poor widow, would provide for him. Elijah found the widow in the middle of a famine, cooking her last meal with her last bit of food; a bit depressing! Elijah challenged her to obey God, promising: ‘There will always be plenty of flour and olive oil...in your containers until...the Lord sends rain and the crops grow.’ (1 Kings 17:14 NLT) Why on earth did Elijah have the confidence to say that to a broke widow during a famine? He had lived a life of faith and proved God to be faithful! You can talk that way when you walk that way! Rubbing shoulders with people who trust God is contagious, it builds your faith. This woman was no exception. She and her son may not have eaten fine cuisine every night but God made sure that as long as the famine lasted they had all they needed. So if you don’t have everything you want right now, give God what you’ve got and trust that, when the time is right, He’ll look after you. Paul says, ‘...we can come before God with freedom and without fear.’ So wherever God is directing you, even if it’s somewhere that doesn’t make sense to you right now, don’t argue. Go, and remember His promises—they will strengthen your faith to believe in Him for all your needs.
SoulFood: Deut 18:9-18; Dan 2; Isa 47:5-15; Acts 16:16-34
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