December 2, 2022 – Luke 21: 1-4 – Faith and Fear

Today we will be reading from Luke 21:1-4:

He looked up and saw rich people putting their gifts into the treasury; 2 he also saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. 3 He said, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all of them, 4 for all of them have contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.”

Faith is looking at an impossible situation and trusting in God. That is exactly what faith is.  It was faith that led Abraham to leave behind all his people and all his land.  

It was faith that led Moses to go back to Egypt and bring the people back to freedom. 

It was faith that led Samuel to go and anoint David as king of Israel. 

It was faith that led each of the disciples to leave behind their previous lives and follow Jesus.  

Faith takes a risk.  Faith is not easy.  Faith can be very hard.  Aith can be scary.  Faith looks at a situation and says, “God, I trust in you more than I am afraid.”  Faith doesn’t say that there is no fear.  May, perhaps all of these saints of faith who trusted in God may have been afraid of the consequences of their actions. Faith does not mean that their no fear. 

Faith means that we trust in God, even in our fear.  

Today, this widow must have been afraid to give all that she had.  That was it.  There was no emergency fund left. This was it. And she still gave because she had faith.  She still trusted.  She still knew God would make a way. 

Today, you may be facing a situation where there is much fear.  You may have real and legitimate reasons to be afraid. That’s real stuff; that’s real life.  Faith doesn’t mean you don’t have fear.  Faith means you trust in God, even in your fear. 

Today, no matter what you are facing, trust. God is with you.  Have faith. He will not leave you.  Don’t let your fear control you.  Follow God. Follow His voice.  Have faith. He is with you. 

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