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”Simply trust God. If you come to Him, He will give you all that you need to serve Him. You really need to believe that God keeps His word. The more you trust Him, the more He will be able to give you. If you were lost in an uncrossable desert, bread would fall from heaven for you alone.

Fear nothing but to fail God. And do not even fear that so much that you let it upset you. Learn to live with your failures, and bear with the failures of your neighbours. Do you know what would be best for you? Stop trying to appear so mentally and spiritually perfect to God and man. There is a lot of refined selfishness and complacency in not allowing your faults to be revealed. Be simple with God. Live day by day, not in your own strength but by completely surrendering to God.”

Fenelon from 100 Days in the Secret Place

 

I found this piece of writing to be saturated with faith. From beginning to full stop it resonates faith faith faith.  Total dependence upon God and His provision, love, grace – everything we need.

The bible DOES say “Seek FIRST the Kingdom of God and all these things will be added to you” – referring to the things mentioned previously in the biblical passage – clothing, food, basic necessities. 

What is seeking God look like?  Judah Smith in a recent podcast i listened to said its as simple as drawing close to God.  Not just in a 1/2 hour devotional time, or on Sunday at church, but throughout your day, your life.  That God is God and that awareness that He is with you and near you.  Including Him in your day. 

Dedicated time to God is important.   Jesus drew Himself away to pray and seek God.  Its where you learn to hear His voice, know His heart.

There is something you get in the secret place that you can get no where else. Do everything you can to establish a secret history with Jesus. ~ Banning Liebscher

 

The sentence by Fenelon – “If you were lost in an uncrossable desert, bread would fall from heaven for you alone” is so unwavering and relentless in its faith.

It at first made me blink and think – is that really so???

Elijah the prophet was fed by ravens who brought him meat and bread for breakfast and tea. The widow’s flour bin and oil jar never ran out in the drought. The crowd were fed with 5 fish and 2 loaves of bread.

So – was that a specific time moment – then, and this is now?

God is the same today, yesterday and tomorrow.

Was it just for special “bible people” but not for ordinary folk like me…? God is no respecter of persons.

So therefore I am going to conclude that God is my provider. And I will trust Him.

 

What is the uncrossable desert?

It can be a real place… but it can also be whatever impossible looking situation we face. Illness. Money. Jobs. Relationships. At that point of need God is there and ABLE to meet you.  At that place of need Jesus is there to fill you and sustain you and help you.

“Refined selfishness” – now that is a label! We think we have it covered so often… Really we’re just better at putting the makeup on… When we live honestly before God and with our family and friends God is able to work through us more and more – He can shine through our weaknesses. We are all cracked pots filled with the treasure of God. When we cover the cracks the light cant shine through. We must be vulnerable and real, as it allows the presence and grace of God to work through us.  People need us to be real.  Our neighbours need us to be real.  Not so they see our flaws, but so they see the Jesus we lean on and believe in.  So they can receive grace too.

God desires to do impossible things through improbable people to show His unlimited grace to those who will believe.

Will you trust Him today?

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