When we are faced with the impossible, we wrestle with faith vs. action.
Do we trust God or do we act in order to fix the problem? Notice the situations mentioned in 2 Kings 4.
First, we are told of the financial crisis of the Shunammite woman. Second, we learn of the tragedy of her son’s death. Third, we read about the prophets of God and the poison stew and the donated barley bread. In all three cases, a great need existed, one that was far beyond their ability to fix alone. We read of similar situations handled by our Lord: the lack of finances to pay taxes, the raising of the daughter of Jairus, and the feeding of the 5000. The principles taught in all of these passages are the same.
1. Faith does not mean that we do not act upon what we know. In every case, there was the crisis or failings of people, but God did not give up on people being involved in solving the crisis. The woman provided the vessels for the oil. The prophet prayed over the dead boy. The prophet put meal in the stew and received 20 loaves of barley bread. Faith teaches us to act, not to sit still. There is a huge difference between acting on your own because you do not trust God and acting because you trust God.
2. Faith means that we ultimately trust God for the results. We recognize that there are things that only God can do. We do not try to get ahead of God, but we certainly must not doubt him either. Faith means that I surrender my all to God: my vessels, my prayers, my food, and my supply.
What are you facing today to demands that you trust God? How can you surrender totally to God in a way that demonstrates that you are faithfully serving, trusting, and praying?