Faith Under Fire | Nashville Christian Family Magazine

I often write about faith and the choice that is before us, to either take God at his Word and believe it or not.  The Bible offers us a great deal of stories where we see our ancestors’ navigating choices and faced with the same dilemma to believe or not to believe.  Life is made up of the choices we make.  2 Kings 6 and 7, presents a graphic illustration.

We pick up the story in 2 Kings 6:25, where a great famine has come to Samaria.  To say times were hard is an understatement, they were eating donkey’s heads and dove’s dung.  It was so bad that even a woman had boiled a baby and had eaten it.  Fast forward to Chapter 7, Elisha the prophet brought good news and told the king that better days were coming.  In fact, he said they could expect the very next day to have fine flour and barley and the famine would be over.  However, when the king’s right-hand man heard Elisha’s good news, he chose not to believe the man of God.  He doubted the Word of God, and as a result, Elisha informed him that he would in fact see the good things but not be able to enjoy them.  His fate ended where he was trampled to death at the gate by the starving people.  (2 Kings 7:17)

This is an extreme illustration of unbelief; however, how many times has our own unbelief kept us from experiencing the goodness of God ?

No matter what type of lack we may find ourselves experiencing, trust that God has made a provision.  If we look to the scriptures, we will see that God has always had good things for us because He is good!  It all begins with our choice to believe in the Word of God; do we choose to believe or not?

God’s Word will be fulfilled with or without the doubters and whether we believe it or not. Choose the winning side., “I have set before you life or death, blessing or curse.  Choose life!” (Deuteronomy 30:19b)

Rhonda L. Smart                                                                                                       [email protected]

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