If you think God doesn't have a sense of humor, I’m here to tell you that you, my friend, are wrong. (haha) Recently the Lord lead me to a Bible study by Melanie Newton on living by faith instead of fear, and it was a good study. Then He laid it on my heart to share a portion of this study at the Tuesday Ladies Bible study.
When I am afraid,
I will put my trust in You.
In God, whose word I praise,
In God I have put my trust;
I shall not be afraid.
I began digging in much deeper. I spent many weeks studying, following rabbit trails (oh they were such joy), researching, pouring over commentaries. I even pulled a couple of books from my late-husband’s book shelf and dug into those. Now that was a precious time to see what Mac had found of use in these books, and to read the notes he had made. My heart was just bursting with love for my beloved and the God that he loved. I fleshed out pages and pages of information and Bible references, and then trimmed it all down into something teachable and shareable.
Finally the day arrived and I shared what God had laid on my heart. It’s said that nothing teaches like teaching, and I totally agree. I learned so much in preparing this study, and even more as I shared it out loud. God has worked on my heart in so many ways with this study.
I was especially blessed by studying about Elijah and the widow of Sarepta in 1 Kings 17:8-24. Wow. God used a lowly widow, who was on the verge of death, (But she said, “As the Lord your God lives, I have no bread, only a handful of flour in the bowl and a little oil in the jar; and behold, I am gathering a few sticks that I may go in and prepare for me and my son, that we may eat it and die.”) [emphasis mine] to provide for Elijah—and her obedience and trust resulted in all of them being miraculously fed for many days. Oh how mighty is God! Sometime afterwards (the Bible doesn’t tell us exactly how long), the son of the widow died and she called upon Elijah. Elijah cried out to God in prayer, and God returned the boy to life! Because of Elijah’s total obedience and trust in God, the widow was blessed beyond measure.
Oh how mighty is God!
—You should really pause, right now (I’ll wait) and go read the full story: 1 Kings 17:8-24. It will only take you a few minutes.
Are you back? Was your heart blessed? I hope so. So what does this have to do with God having a sense of humor? The day after I taught this lesson on living by faith not fear I got up and spent time praying and reading in my Bible, and then brought my coffee to the computer where I opened my email and was confronted with a fraud alert. There was a time when just reading that email would have sent me into a panic, but not this time. The verses I had shared with the ladies went through my head and I felt totally calm. I knew that God was in total control, and no matter what happened, it was all okay.
I logged on to my credit card company’s site, saw the fraudulent charge and then noticed several more! They amounted to several thousand dollars in fraudulent charges, and all done in just a few days—days when I was wrapping up my study on living by faith not fear. Are you seeing the pattern I saw? I actually laughed out loud. Then I picked up the phone and called the credit card company. All was dealt with in approx. 45 minutes, and through it all I remained calm.
By dinner time, I had enjoyed a really pleasant day. I even visited my oral surgeon for a pre-op visit, and I wasn’t panicked at all. I’ve spent several hours verifying that no other credit cards were compromised, I’ve changed info and passwords at any site where that card was used, and now I’m sitting here calmly typing this while music by Linda McKechnie plays in the background.
—Psst, if you’ve never listened to her music, you should. She combines God honoring hymns with classical music and it’s tremendous! You’ll find her HERE.
Now, let’s wrap this up:
- God led me to a study on living by faith not fear.
- God laid it on my heart to share this study with other ladies.
- God opened this widow’s eyes to many verses—and to the story about the widow of Sarepta.
- God showed me that He had a plan for my life, if only I would live by FAITH not fear.
- God then brought a test into my life, and through it I was encouraged and blessed as I put my trust in God to resolve the problem.
- God loves you.
John 3:16; John 16:27; Romans 5:5
God created you and He loves you; and He desires you to come to know Jesus as your personal Savior. If you are a believer in Jesus, God the Father loves you and pours out His love into your heart so you can experience His love.
- God knows what is going on in your life.
Matthew 6:31-32; Psalm 139:1-10
God is everywhere and knows everything. So, God knows what is going on in your life. He knows your needs and how best to meet them.
- God can do something about whatever you are facing.
Genesis 18:14; Luke 1:37
Is anything impossible for the Lord? NO! Our God is all-powerful. He is capable of doing anything He chooses to do that is in agreement with His character and His purposes.
- You can trust His goodness in whatever He chooses to do.
Psalm 119:68; Proverbs 3:5