Today we are posting the second message in a three-part series by guest blogger Bryan Ridenour. Bryan is a Christian, a husband, a father of four, and a music/youth pastor, and occasional blogger at brvan.com. He writes his blog, “as the opportunity presents itself,” he says. “I enjoy writing short stories, poetry, and biblical studies, genres that I hope God uses to encourage other believers. ”
Please find below Part Two of Faith In Captivity. Enjoy.
2. Faith believes not only that God Can, but that God will
“And there were many in Israel with leprosy in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed — only Naaman the Syrian.” Luke 4:27
Jesus reminded the crowds that many in Israel suffered from leprosy, but only Naaman the Syrian experienced healing. In other words, when this servant girl urged her master to visit Elisha the prophet, it was not because she had witnessed other people cleansed from leprosy, because none had. None. Zip. Zero. Zilch. Quite possibly she based her confident claim in God’s miraculous power on God’s past work in the lives of the Children of Israel. For instance, the account of God’s deliverance of the Israelites from Egyptian bondage. Maybe she reasoned that a God capable of dividing the waters of the Red Sea, providing daily manna, and preserving sandals and clothing on a 40 year wilderness jaunt could also restore a man’s health.
Certainly the oral traditions of God’s goodness passed down from generation to generation instilled a confident faith in this young lady. So convinced of God’s power, she encouraged her master to seek out the prophet Elisha. But, she still sent him to see a prophet of God with no precedent of such healing. She displays an amazing faith.
Truth for us: The Bible teaches that our faith grows by studying the Word of God.
“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17)
Also, Isaiah 55:10-11 shares an important truth, “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth; It will not return to me empty but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”
The servant girl treasured words of Scripture in her heart which reminded her she served an omnipotent God.
Illustration: The African impala can jump to a height of over 10 feet and cover a distance of greater than 30 feet in each leap. Yet, these magnificent creatures can be kept in an enclosure in any zoo with a 3-foot wall. The animals will not jump if they cannot see where their feet will fall.
“Faith is the ability to trust what we cannot see, and with faith we are freed from the flimsy enclosures of life that only fear allows to entrap us.” John Emmons
Even though the servant girl never witnessed a leper healed, she took a giant leap of faith, believing God for the outcome
Questions to ponder: What truths from Scripture have encouraged you to take steps of faith? Are we willing to believe God for things never witnessed or experienced?
Surely God smiles when one of His children trusts Him with such abandon.
(In case you missed part one, click here.)