Sometimes we think we’re walking by faith, but to be honest, we have a few fallback strategies tucked away—just in case. But then there are those times when we can genuinely say, “Lord, if you don’t, it won’t happen.” That level of dependency humbles us and puts our faith where it belongs—in God’s abilities. Do you think young David relied on five smooth stones when approaching Goliath, a giant Philistine warrior? (1Samuel 17:1-51)
When faith speaks . . .
A lady shared with me a time when she spoke with the same confidence David had when he told Goliath, “The LORD will deliver you into my hands; then I’ll cut your head off.” The woman continued telling me about when she and her four children had no money and were hungry.
Mother: Set the table.
Children: What are we going to eat?
Mother: I don’t know; set the table.
Children: What for? There’s no food.
Mother: Just set the table.
During that exchange, a stranger knocked on the door.
Stranger: Are you the lady of the house?
Stranger: The Lord told me to give you this.
The man handed her an envelope with enough money to feed her and her children for the next few days.
Another true example of when faith spoke was when a minister and his wife had no food or money. One day when dinner time was approaching, his wife started putting three empty pots on the stove.
Minister: What are you doing?
Wife: God will provide.
Not long after the empty pots were on the stove, a chef from an upscale restaurant, who they knew, came to their house unannounced with bags of food already seasoned and ready to be fired up from his overstock: filet mignons, potatoes, and vegetables. The only thing the wife had to do was put the blessings into the three pots and cook.
Total dependency develops faith.
I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth (Psalm 121:1-2).
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