Have you ever noticed in your life of faith, that God will call you to ‘step out in faith’ before He comes through?
That really is be design.
After all, as Hebrews 1:6 says, “Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for anyone who comes to Him must first believe that He exists, and that He rewards those who diligently seek Him.”
The belief and the seeking must come first…then the blessing of the ‘reward’–in this case, a close relationship with Him–comes later.
Proverbs 3:9-10 says: “Honor the Lord with your wealth,
with the first-fruits of all your crops;
then your barns will be filled to overflowing,
and your vats will brim over with new wine.”
Giving to the Lord first–before anything else–is the kind of worshipful faith that God will then bless.
In Elijah’s day, he was sent to a widow. The drought that Elijah had pronounced, because of the evil of king Ahab and the worship of false gods in Israel was already severe, and this widow was gathering some sticks to make a fire so that she could make a small loaf of bread with the little she had left, and she and her child could eat it as their last meal and die.
Pretty bleak times, indeed!
Yet, what did Elijah say?
1 Kings 17: 13-14:
“Elijah said to her, “Don’t be afraid. Go home and do as you have said. But first make a small loaf of bread for me from what you have and bring it to me, and then make something for yourself and your son.14 For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’”.
He told her to step out in faith…to give him (the Prophet) bread first, and that the Lord would supply her needs!
What did she do?
vv. 15-16: “She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. 16 For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah.”
God wants us to live, by faith! He often demands that we demonstrate faith–in His love, His Word, His character and His promises–before He comes through.
Live by faith today–first and foremost, faith in Jesus and His atoning sacrifice on the cross…but more than that, live by faith, trusting in God to come through, according to His promises.
It’s the most ‘excellent adventure’ that there is!