Genuine faith…

Luke 21:1-4

And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, and He saw also a certain poor widow putting in two mites. So He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; for all these out of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she out of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.”

 Where is the widow’s trust?  In the world system or in God’s provision?  There is a sister story in the old testament of a widow and her son during a time of famine.  She is preparing their last meal and then she is prepared to die when the prophet asks for that last meal.  She gives it to him and the Lord supplies her and her son with the food they need for the duration of the famine.  Her faithfulness, obedience and trust are blessed.  Unless we have stood in the shoes/sandals of these two widows, we cannot know the full extent of the deep trust it took to give what they had.  These two possessed the faith, love and obedience that the Lord teaches us we can have.  The kind of faith that pleases God.

This is an illustration of how God does not see things as we see them.  We only see the little bit; the pennies or the one cake of meal.  God sees the overflowing love in the heart of these two toward Him.  That ‘treasure in heaven’ is transformed by Him into very tangible and real provision for them.  We can take note of this and put the same love and faith into practice in our own lives.

 What can we take away from this?  Stop complaining about what we don’t have, be content with what we do have, and be faithful to the prompting of the Spirit to do what he asks with what we do have.  There is so much complaining going on right now in our world; we can let the light of Christ’s message shine in our not complaining, our being content with what we have.  This is about a giving spirit even when much is required of us, even when we ‘think’ we have too little.  1 Thessalonians 5:18  in everything give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  He will provide.

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