TAKING US TO THE LIMIT
Through many pages of the Bible, we observe how close to the limits of life God chooses to lead his people. For instance, in 1 Kings, chapter 16, Elijah has no food. He asks a widow gathering sticks, ‘Would you bring me a little water in a jar?’ and as she went to get it he asked also for a piece of bread. She tells him she has only a handful of flour and a little oil to make a meal for herself and her son so that they might eat and die. Elijah assures her, in the name of the Lord, that the jar of flour will not be used up nor the jug of oil run dry until the Lord gives rain on the land. And so it was. One day one last meal and then came the Lord’s provision.
One Christmas, my family had nothing, no presents for our four children. In the refrigerator was one plate of cold meat and a loaf of bread. I had been in hospital the past few weeks and my husband had lost his job due to caring for the children. Christmas Day we awoke to a knock on the door and shearer friends who lived some distance away, had to us. They packed us all into two cars, took us to their place and had a huge Christmas dinner cooked for all twelve of us. We sang to guitars, laughed (and cried) and felt loved. We stayed the night, filled with food and love. After returning home we thanked God from our hearts for that wonderful blessing. Overnight, our poverty turned into enrichment and joy but most of all LOVE. God is the God of unfailing love.
In Psalm 107-verses 28-31 we read,’…they were at their wits end. Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm in a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm and he guided them to their desired haven. Let them give thanks for to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men.’ From hunger came food, from poverty came provision, from storms and distress came saving grace but when we are in the grip of last limits, HIS LOVE is unfailing.
IN TRUST IS OUR BELIEF, DAY BY DAY, AND HIS UNFAILING, LOVING PROVISION FOR OUR NEEDS.