There are the testimonies of two men who greatly inspire my walk of faith.
The first is about an evangelist. He had the practice of ending each year with a zero balance in the ministry account. This particular time, he gave all the remaining money away, neglecting to obtain his return flight ticket. When it became known to the man who was taking him to the airport, he asked what he would do. The evangelist said to him, “God will provide.” The driver considered paying for his ticket but then he thought, I have been telling him for years about this foolish practice. The driver decided to wait and see what would happen. They went into the airport and stood in line. Within a few minutes, they hear a man yelling out his name. He said, “What are you doing here?” The evangelist said, “I am in line buying a ticket.” The man said, “Let me buy that ticket.”
The next inspiring testimony is about a man who ran an orphanage in the 1800’s. One day the housemother informed him there was not any food for the children. The man continued to have the children sit at the dining room tables, he thanked God for the food and waited. A few minutes later there was a knock on the door, it was the baker who said he couldn’t sleep. He somehow knew they would need bread so he baked them some. Soon there was another knock on the door. It was the milk man, his cart had broken down and the milk would be spoiled by the time it was fixed. Therefore the milk man asked the orphanage if they could use the milk.
These two men demonstrate the kind of faith God is looking for in us. This man had learned to be led by the spirit of God in expectation of His faithfulness.
This kind of faith can be obtained by each one of us, but it does not happen overnight. Each day God gives us the opportunity to step out in faith in some area of our life in order to learn His character and prove Him to be faithful.
When we are in need, we pray and always want quick answers. Sometimes God answers immediately, but when He does not, we get fearful and loose hope. God does not delay to be mean to us, but to build our faith in Him.
In the parable about the woman with the unjust judge, Jesus explains that God would bring about your answer quickly. However, if He always did there would not be an opportunity to build your faith. In Luke 18:8 He says, “I tell you that He will bring about justice for them speedily. However, when the son of man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”
A part of becoming like Jesus is learning to have faith in God’s complete provision. There is no area too large or too small, He wants to be everything to you. He also gives us this promise, that if you wait in faith for Him, you will not be disappointed.
Psalm25:3 “Indeed, none of those who wait for thee will be ashamed.”
Father, help us to learn the great faith these men had. In the name of Jesus, amen