Do You Trust Him?

10 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, a widow was there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, “Bring me a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.” 11 And as she was going to bring it, he called to her and said, “Bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.” 12 And she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I have nothing baked, only a handful of flour in a jar and a little oil in a jug. And now I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it and die.” 13 And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said. But first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterward make something for yourself and your son.” ~ 1 Kings 17:10-13

Jesus asked the question, ‘When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?’ This is the same kind of faith God was searching for in the widow at Zarephath. The faith that no matter what, you’ll be obedient to God. The faith of Noah when he built the Ark regardless of whether or not he saw even a hint of rain. The faith of Abraham when he was willing to sacrifice Isaac. The faith of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego when they were willing to die for their faith. Faith is what connects us to God. It’s what saves us. But we struggle with faith today.

We struggle with giving God our everything. It’s difficult to see the goodness of God when He’s asking us to risk or sacrifice something we love in the name of faith and obedience. Sometimes God is asking us to risk our entire reputation and relationships in order to give Him everything. Sometimes it’s our job, or our house, or our security. Sometimes it’s even our own lives, but God doesn’t do this just to see if we’ll do it. He doesn’t do it just for so; God tests our faith that He might know who truly loves Him. He’s making sure that you love Him in the good and in the bad. That you’ll love Him regardless of what circumstance you are currently in. God doesn’t just want to be a meal ticket; He wants a relationship with you. He wants you to trust Him with everything in you. He wants you to love Him for Him, not for what comes with Him. And when we love Him, He, in turn, draws closer to us. He draws closer than any brother or any friend. He never lets us go.

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