Not just a few…

Sometimes we feel like life is ganging up on us. There are times when it seems like nothing is going my way; nothing seems to be working out “as it should.” And it’s easy to get discouraged when we start to do the math: “things should work out at least 50% of the time…shouldn’t they?” It’s in moments like this that, if we don’t take our cares to God, we run the risk of falling into a trap of self-pity and despair. It’s here that people can begin to believe lies like: “I don’t count,” or “I’m not valued” and “I should just face the facts and embrace the lousy hand fate has dealt me.”

God’s word to you is, “You do matter! Heaven’s eyes are on you, rooting for you, cheering for you!” God wants you to understand that your potential to succeed is not ultimately rooted in your strengths and abilities but in your willingness to move over and let God do what you can’t do. In Luke 18:27, Jesus said, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” When you open your heart to this truth, you will begin to realize that once you step into the realm of impossibility, anything goes! you’re limited here only by your faith.

In 2 Kings chapter 4, we read of an encounter that took place between the prophet Elisha and a widowed mother of two. For reasons unexplained, her husband left her with some serious debt and, thinking about what she stood to lose made her a nervous wreck. If there were phones back then, her creditors would have been calling every day, reminding her just how bleak her situation was. But in preparing her for the blessing she was about to receive, Elisha told her to, “Go around and ask all [her] neighbors for empty jars. Don’t just ask for a few” (2 Kings 4:3). The faith lesson here is: “the size of your blessing will be limited by the number of jars you collect.” Of course, the number of “jars” we collect is determined by our faith!

Prayer: Dear God, thank You for loving me enough to provide for my salvation and for a future of great promise. Teach me to walk by faith and not by sight and to truly know that with you all things are possible. Amen.

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