True Bravery: Believing God

21 Nov

Facing life head-on with faith in God = fearlessless

A woman (who I will call Maria, although that is not her real name) began attending our church and received Christ as her Lord and Savior.  One day she asked to meet with my husband, Mike (a.k.a. the pastor), and consulted with him about her situation. Her husband was dead, and she was currently someone’s mistress.  She wanted to know if this was wrong.

 If you’re anything like me, the word “mistress” conjures up a picture of a kept woman living in utter luxury.  Well, disabuse yourself of that notion.  “Maria” lives in abject poverty and met with this man so her family could survive.  Mike explained that she was prostituting herself–not for money, but for food.  Jobs are very hard to come by, but he encouraged her to believe in God as her provider. 
And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen. {Jehovahjireh: that is, The Lord will see, or, provide}  Genesis 22:14 KJV
“Maria” did choose to believe that God sees her needs and the needs of her children and would provide for them.  She stopped seeing this man and JEHOVAH-JIRAH has provided. 
She puts me to shame.  She was willing to face life head on–including gambling the survival of her children–with “only” her belief in God’s faithful provision.  How often do we evade faith lessons in our lives? 

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