Gordon R. Winslow

The Key of Faith Ministry

 

 
10 For thus says the Lord: After seventy years are completed at Babylon, I will visit you and perform My good word toward you, and cause you to return to this place.

11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

12 Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.

13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.

14 I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity; I will gather you from all the nations and from all the places where I have driven you, says the Lord, and I will bring you to the place from which I cause you to be carried away captive.
— Jeremiah 29:10-14

insight:

God always has a master plan. He never says, "uh oh!" 

Sometimes disappointments are Gods appointments. Any adjustments God makes are for your good.

Many times we turn to God when our foundations are shaking, only to learn it is God who is shaking them.

None of us have the privileges in life to see what is really happening or why things have to happen like they do. The devil is putting forth his best effort to destroy, defame, diminish, and discourage. But God never takes His hand off of those who trust Him. He will fulfill His purpose.

But we feel like we need to be in control.

Several years ago my husband and I were enjoying the day, while riding our motorcycles in the mountains in California. Midway up the curving road of the mountain, my husband stopped and declared it would be fun for me to drive. Although I was hesitant, I finally relented. After giving me a quick lesson concerning the gears and brakes, my husband climbed on the back of the seat behind me. I was so scared! I was holding the gears so tight, that my hands were white from lack of blood flow!

Sometimes we need to be reminded not to choke the life out of the things that really are not that important. Lighten up. Breathe. Just let it go.

Needless to say, I panicked and went full speed ahead! The more he yelled, the more I panicked. The more I panicked, the more gas I gave it! Eventually he was able to stop us before we plunged over the cliff. We both decided that day that he would always drive and I would always ride. My only job would be to just hold on.

I do not want to be in control. I desire for God to control every aspect of my life. I want to put my arms around Him and just hold on. I only go where He takes me. 

Waiting time is not wasted time. God is in control and He is doing something. You may not see how God is working, but He is working.

When God says all things work to the good to them that love God. He means ALL things.

Your circumstances are not unique. Your circumstances are not different. You are not an exception to the rule. God includes you in that phrase.

Do not be betrayed by your emotions or blinded by your circumstances. What God initiates He completes.

"What I have said, that will I bring about. What I have planned, that will I do." Isaiah 46:11

God is always in control.

 

 


 

 

9 Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.

10 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, behold, the widow woman was there gathering of sticks: and he called to her, and said, Fetch me, I pray thee, a little water in a vessel, that I may drink.

11 And as she was going to fetch it, he called to her, and said, Bring me, I pray thee, a morsel of bread in thine hand.

12 And she said, As the Lord thy God liveth, I have not a cake, but an handful of meal in a barrel, and a little oil in a cruse: and, behold, I am gathering two sticks, that I may go in and dress it for me and my son, that we may eat it, and die.

13 And Elijah said unto her, Fear not; go and do as thou hast said: but make me thereof a little cake first, and bring it unto me, and after make for thee and for thy son.

14 For thus saith the Lord God of Israel, The barrel of meal shall not waste, neither shall the cruse of oil fail, until the day that the Lord sendeth rain upon the earth.

15 And she went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, did eat many days.

16 And the barrel of meal wasted not, neither did the cruse of oil fail, according to the word of the Lord, which he spake by Elijah.
— 1 Kings 17:9-16

During a drought of 3 1/2 years God called Elijah to Zarapheth. He told him, "I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee." When he came to the gate of the city, the woman was gathering sticks for firewood. This signifies how poor she was. She didn't even have firewood in her home. She was thinking about feeding her son and her self with the last cake made from the almost empty barrel of meal. She seemed unaware that she was about to feed a man of God. But God, who never lies, had prepared her heart for her miracle.


Elijah told her to fear not, and bake his cake first. It took a lot of faith for her, a gentile woman, to give what she had to a Jew especially during this hard time.

Insight:

Sometimes you find your life to be an empty barrel. There is no more to give. How can God ask this of me? I am depleted. However, our life is not our own. When you realize God's claim on your life, you can expose and empty yourself in his service.

The struggles we face can become our greatest seed. When we are broken and have nowhere to turn, trust God with your heart - Because inside that seed is your answer.

The widow woman in the bible denied herself, depended on God's divine provision, and her barrel continue to be blessed. It multiplied, not in the hoarding, but in the spending. God will bless a little. It will go a great way. But where there is abundance, God can blow on it and scatter it to the wind. Trust God and in the days of drought you will be satisfied. The voice of God will always come to your rescue when you are preparing your last cake.

During difficult times in my life, when I feel I have given all that have, I rest in the comfort that I can trust Him. No matter the circumstances, God always goes ahead of me and prepares for my well-being.

Its time to take the broken pieces of your life and make a master cake out of it!

 

THE KEY OF FAITH MINISTRY