DARING FAITH

Talk of being fearlessness, boldness, audacity amongst others. These are some of the synonyms we use to describe the traits of willingness to undertake things that invoke risk or danger. These words we use in our daily lives with relation to matters relating to economic life, social life, amongst others. It is noting that in Christianity that is visible and evident.
What’s faith: Hebrew 11:1-3…Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. Additionally, the Christian faith has evidence and ain’t blind.  1 Kings 17:1-2 is a narrative about a season that there was draught and hunger in Israel following prophesy by Prophet Elijah – who is no exception of the calamity that befell Israel. By the word of God he made a move to Brook Cherith and soon the brook dried. The LORD later directs him to Zerapheth where he was to be sustained by a widow whom the LORD assured him that He had commanded her to do so.
Upon finding her Elijah borrows water (1 kings 17.10-11…”Please bring me a little water in a cup, that I may drink.”.) And as she makes the move he asks for bread/cake too …1 kings 17:11… “Please bring me a morsel of bread in your hand …and he wasn’t aware of her status to which she expressed her true state of affairs… 1Kings 17:12 So she said, “As the LORD your God lives, I do not have bread, only a handful of flour in a bin, and a little oil in a jar; and see, 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. Elijah then replies …1Ki 17:13 – 14… 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. For thus says the LORD God of Israel: ‘The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the LORD sends rain on the earth.'” Think about the risk in this idea. You’ve a kid and all that you can give to it for survival is what is demanded of. May be the woman couldn’t mind about herself like the kid. That’s not a simple thing to think about. Would you give or not? Even with the assurance that God had said it that still was a risky step for her. However, she chose to trust the word of God, of whom she may never have heard of in similar experience before. She did the risking and undertook that daring step to prepare the cake for Elijah. Consequently, the bin of flour was not used up, nor did the jar of oil run dry, according to the word of the LORD which He spoke by Elijah…1Ki 17:16. Her daring faith made it possible to make her moves superseding the risk of losing her kid to the obedience of God’s word.
In John 2:1-10 there is a wedding at Cana of Galilee, Jesus is present and wine runs out. Mary, Jesus’ mother is present requests Him to make a way out and then admonishes the servant present to follow His instructions. Vs 5…”Whatever He says to you, do it.” Being experts in wine preparation they must have thought: how is He going to make wine and we know wine is not prepared in a day? What kind of wine will He make? What will it taste like? What else will He demand of us like ingredients? Jesus tells them in vs 7… “Fill the waterpots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. At the back of mind the ‘what else?’ question was probable. Waiting for further instructions He tells them in vs8: “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.” And they took it. Wait a minute! That’s all?  We ain’t tasting first so as to be aware of what we are taking to the master? At the back of the mind, remember there is no history of Him performing such miracles. This is the first He’s performing. As they take a step after the other they must be shaky due to uncertainties of not knowing whether it’s water or wine they are taking to their master. This may cost them their lives or work depending on what their master will perceive out of what they deliver. But, they had in mind the admonishing by Mary. To their surprise the master affirms positively …vs10 … “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!”
In these two cases, there was a high degree of risk involved and the characters were direct partakers of the probable outcomes both directly and indirectly. Additionally, there was the assurance of the word of God. It takes courage to rise over the fear of the outcome/ risk, no matter how dreadful they may be, to obey and act on the true word of God. It is the unshakable-courageous-unwavering-daring faith. Hebrew 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him (God), for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

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