Receiving Faith

 

 

“And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me, and afterward make some for yourself and your son.” 1 Kings 17:13

 

This generation more connected than ever before. Yet, so many people feel completely alone. Society has attained “instant connectivity”. We can receive text messages from places across the world almost instantly. However, while we have become more connected to each other, some have become less connected to God. Our minds are full of information from the web, social media and video sources.  Its hard to set our minds on Christ when our minds are pulled in so many other directions (Colossians 3:1-3).  This is an excellent verse, because it is hard to focus on heavenly things, when our mind is so saturated with earthly things. Many of the earthly things, can be a ploy by Satan to try and get our attention off God and spiritual things and on to physical earthly things. Physical things are not bad, however when we seek after them with the majority of our time and efforts we often get distracted.


The Bible illustrates our faith based relationship and two more steps developing that relationship eloquently in 1 Kings 17 & 18. At this point in history, King Ahab, an evil king is reigning over Israel (See 1 Kings 16:29-31).  God had sent a drought chastening to the king and all of Israel. It was Elijah who had prophesied concerning the drought. However, not only did the king suffer, but the all of the people did as well. In this first part of chapter 17, God is looking out for and providing for his prophet Elijah. In verse nine God directs Elijah to a widow in a place called Zerapheth.  At this point in her life, she wasn’t only a widow; she was in dire straights and on her way to make her last loaf of bread for her and her son.  Perhaps many of us would told Elijah to go pound sand (literally, they were in the desert after all). However, Elijah knows his God and says to the widow, “Do not fear” followed by a request to  make me some bread for him and for herself and her son. Elijah further promises that the bowl of flour and oil won’t run out.


Here is that step of faith which helps grow a relationship with God. The widow knew Elijah was a prophet of God, but she had to believe what God said through him in order to receive from God.  She had to act by faith. Does God come through and keep His Word spoken through the prophet? Of course! First Kings records in verse 16, “The bowl of flour was not exhausted nor did the jar of oil become empty, according to the word of the Lord which He spoke through Elijah.” God kept His word.


Regardless of what God is asking you to do, keep in mind, God always keeps His Word!


What is God asking you to be or do? Perhaps you need to start being stretched in your relationship with him?  We don’t want to be spiritual couch potatoes, missing the opportunities to walk by faith God is clearly placing before us.  Ask the Holy Spirit, in prayer what your next step of faith is and for Him to stretch you in your daily walk of faith with Him.

Matthew Elroy

Disciple of Jesus, Husband, Father & pastor.