Faith verses Fear
The widow of Zarephath had faith! In Kings 17: Elijah had asked the widow for a piece of bread. She replied that she had no bread; only oil and flour for a last meal for herself and her son. Elijah told her not to fear, but to go home and make his bread, then make something for herself and her son.
14 For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.’ 15 She went away and did as Elijah had told her. So there was food every day for Elijah and for the woman and her family. 16 For the jar of flour was not used up and the jug of oil did not run dry, in keeping with the word of the Lord spoken by Elijah. The widow overcame her fear, stepped out in faith and received the blessings that the Lord had intended her to have.
God expects the first from us; the first bread from the widow of Zarephath, our first 10% in tithes, the first fruit. When we give to God first, He blesses us as the widow discovered when she overcame her fear and fed Elijah in faith.
The fear in our mind always arises to cut off the blessings that God intends to bring our way. Overcoming fear is a prerequisite to blessing. The enemy attacks our minds and fills us with doubt, so we need to hold fast to faith, especially when times are testing and God doesn’t seem to make sense in our life. In Genesis 22:2 Abraham’s faith was tested when God asked Abraham to offer his son as a burnt offering on a mountain. Abraham held onto his faith that the Lord would provide, and he said to his servants in Genesis 22:5 “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.” Not only did he have faith that everything would be all right, but he went to worship! Worship breaks the spirit of fear and replaces it with faith; fear opens the doorway of defeat.
We all have times in our lives, when Satan is casting doubt in our minds, and things are not looking bright; but we have to know on the inside what God has promised, and called us to, and trust Him no matter what. God has called you; He has a purpose and destiny for you.
The love of Jesus casts out fear!
In time, God always makes sense. Job was beset by misfortune, yet he maintained his faith, and in time Jesus blessed him abundantly. Hannah had faith that Jesus would give her a child, and in return, she promised to return the male child to the temple; He gave her five more children. No matter what, keep faith in God. Faith opens the door, fear closes the door. Live by faith, not by fear!