“So he did what the Lord had told him.” I Kings 17:5a
The strong stems of trust is deeply rooted in unwavering belief. Without it, trust withers.
The Queen of Sheba was intrigued — maybe that’s too strong of a word — with King Solomon and his relationship with the God of Abraham. So much so that she went, with her great entourage to see him and speak with him about these things. What she witnessed upon her visit overwhelmed her. She did not believe any of the stories she had heard of Solomon’s great wisdom and palace — “until [she] came and saw with [her] own eyes.” (I Kings 10:4)
The Queen of Sheba did not trust what she heard to be true until she saw it with her own eyes. Her belief by sight was that which allowed her to trust. And boy, did she trust! She handed over gold, spices, precious stones . . . all in LARGE quantities to King Solomon.
God, however, wants us to trust Him not by sight! He wants us to trust Him in ALL things — unseen, unknown, untried, unwaveringly. How do you trust like that? How do you have faith like that? How do you make decisions with giant ramifications and trust all will work? Isn’t that the million-dollar question?!?
by: Mark Cruver
Exactly! [deep sigh!] It’s exactly what Elijah experienced in his obedience to the Lord’s leading Him to Mount Caramel. The Lord told Elijah to make his way to the Kerith Ravine where he would wait on the Lord to direct him further. The Lord prepared him for the journey and provided nourishment through ravens that brought him bread and meat. (I couldn’t even make this stuff up – Elijah was unbelievable! God was so creative!) So, knowing all of this, but not knowing why or for how long, Elijah’s response to the Lord as it states in I Kings 17:5, “So he did . . . ” (You’ve got to read the story of Elijah!)
Obedience + Faith = Trust
Lord Jesus, may I walk in obedience to you every day, through faith in knowing that You and You alone will meet my every need. Knowing that my days will be filled with provision for my body and my soul — that nothing I do has meaning without You! Then, together, I grow in my trust in knowing, with full confidence, that each step, each decision, each circumstance I face will begin and end in obedience, through faith as I trust! Exactly how You have ordained it! And your splendor, far greater than any gold, spice or stone will fill me from the inside-out and for eternity!
“We live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.” II Corinthians 5:7-9