It was in a truly unique and remarkable way when as a young couple, the Lord called my husband and me to a live a life of faith.
My Dad was a Pastor, but as well being a Pastor he had his own business for the sole purpose of blessing God’s people. My life was one of seeing my dad constantly giving to ministers and missionaries alike.
When I met my husband-to-be and my dad learned that my father-in-law-to-be was a poorly paid Pastor and had never paid any national health stamps, my dad paid them right up to date for him. Dad also paid for my husband’s Bible College fees at the Bible College of Wales, Swansea.
So coming from such a ‘giving’ family, I cringed at the thought of ‘living by faith’ and being the receiver instead of the giver. To me it would feel like being a beggar’ or a scrounger.
Our call to live by faith had come about through a dramatic and sudden call to take the Gospel to Gypsies living in the remote mountain caves of Almeria, Spain. At the time our denomination was experiencing financial restraints so were unable to send us. So we thought we’d passed a test and had proved to God, that had it been possible we would have gone. But many months later, God started to speak to my husband and myself individually through Hebrews 11; that we should still go. So we took a giant leap of faith and went with our two small sons.
We didn’t know if Gypsies in caves would really exist! But the call through a dream was so inexplicable we sold all in UK and went trusting the Lord.
But my attitude to living by faith needed to change. The Lord started to show me that if living by faith was being a beggar or a scrounger, then some of His chosen servants must have been too! Elijah asked a widow to make him a cake first from her last bit of food. His thirst was quenched from a brook, and he was fed by birds – ravens of all things! Jesus asked for help too – from a woman, which in those days was looked upon as a degrading thing to do, and also two sisters often fed Him.
I came to the realisation that living by faith was not being lazy, or a beggar, and that it was merely a lifestyle of trusting God come what may. And I knew it would have to be without my dad to fall back on, because he was no longer wealthy.
To this very day – we’ve never known what a regular salary feels like, and I still have to fight off thoughts of what it would be like to live that way.
But you don’t have to be called to ‘live by faith.’ If you are walking with the Lord and passing your tests come what may, then you are living by faith, “Without faith it is impossible to please Him” (Hebrews 11:6)
God Bless you.
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