That's Asking A Lot
Due to a downturn in the petroleum industry, my husband was between jobs. At the time, we had no income and were living on our emergency fund. During that season, God asked us to give a substantial gift to a family that couldn’t make their house payment.
Walking in obedience to that request challenged us, but prior lessons provided a level of trust and we responded as God requested. Two weeks later, my husband had a wonderful job offer that provided for our family needs beyond what we could have expected. We look back on that experience as a reminder that trusting God always is the right response.
Trusting our Heavenly Father requires faith, not a formula. Some people have tried to boil it down to a method, “I do this, God does that.” However, God will not be put in a box. We don’t want to confine God to our expectations. Those are too small. Let’s not do anything to inhibit or limit what God can do. His ways are far greater than anything we can imagine.
The Bible is filled with His creative ways. In I Kings 17:8-16, we see a widow trust the prophet Elijah. God came through for her and her son by providing food through a season of famine. Elijah asked her to make him some bread. She used the last of her flour and oil to fulfill his request. Blessing her obedience, God kept refilling her flour and oil through the famine. She and her son never went hungry.
”And she went and did as Elijah said. And she and he and her household ate for many days. The jar of flour was not spent, neither did the jug of oil become empty, according to the word of the LORD that he spoke by Elijah.” (I Kings 17:15 & 16)
Is God asking something hard of you? He may be asking for your time, your talents, or your money. Are you going to trust Him by walking in faith and obedience? The first step is often the hardest. The path will be difficult at times; however, even in those challenges, He provides peace as He directs your steps and prepares you for this walk of faith. It is in this time of opportunity that we grow. We develop stronger faith. Our relationship with our Creator deepens. The abundant blessings of God arrive in unexpected ways. Joy surfaces and cannot be altered by circumstances.
If you are walking through something hard or the road ahead looks scary or uncertain, trust Him who knows the path. If you allow Him, He will direct your steps and be a lamp for your path. You can also send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will pray for you. You are not in this alone.