16 June 2013

Eyes of Faith

Scripture: 1 Kings 17:23-24

Then Elijah brought him down from the upper room and gave him to his mother.  "Look!" he said.  "Your son is alive!"  Then the woman told Elijah, "Now I know for sure that you are a man of God, and that the Lord speaks through you."

Observation:

It's a wonder to me that the widow didn't know Elijah was a man of God already.  She was still living, fed many days by the oil & flour that miraculously appeared.  Maybe she thought Elijah had food cached somewhere, but wanted to appear destitute?  But she surely couldn't explain away her son being brought back from the dead.

Application:

How often do I disregard evidence before my eyes of the work of God, waiting for something amazing?  Or look for a physical (or known spiritual) sign, instead of praying and asking directly?  I never want to explain away as commonplace anything that I can attribute to God through eyes of faith.

Prayer:

Father, let me see Your works in all things around me, and let me listen ever more closely to Your Spirit for confirmation.  In Jesus name, Amen.

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I welcome questions and concerns--they are most often what spur us closer to the truth. I only ask that we all give everyone the most generous benefit of the doubt, assigning the best motives possible. A soft answer truly does turn away wrath, and an atmosphere of Jesus's love is the best for learning, no matter which side of a discussion you're on.

Thanks so much, and God bless you!