Faith Promptings & Tahini Toast

James 2:14 (cev)

My friends, what good is it to say you have faith, when you don’t do anything to show you really do have faith? Can this kind of faith save you?

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We’re getting down to our last 2 days of examples of living by faith, and they just keep getting better. I mean, not that one story is better than another, but the compilation of these examples has really stirred up some thoughts and revealed to me just how little faith I truly live by. I’m experiencing the conviction that comes with saying that I trust God, but avoiding putting that faith into action. And it’s not fun.

But I truly believe that’s what growth is all about. God has given us these examples, not so that we’ll feel badly about ourselves and focus on comparison, but so that we’ll see how much deeper and stronger our faith can become with his help. I grew up in a small town, and I didn’t know much about the things that people did and accomplished. As I got older, began to travel, and moved around a bit, I learned of all the incredible things that were possible. Seeing the actions of others inspired me to continue growing and learning. That’s what the Bible does for each of us, in a much less wordy and more important way. Let’s check out our faithful living examples for today!

  1. Esther – Talk about a strong, independent, smart woman! Esther was a Jew, but grew up and lived in Persia. She hid her nationality and faith in order to protect herself, and eventually, she was chosen to become queen. There was a man in the king’s cabinet named Haman who sent out orders for all the Jews to be killed, and Esther knew what she had to do. But, she declined her duty at first, letting fear overtake her. However, her faith ultimately replaced that fear, and she approached the king to seek protection for her people. She could have been put to death for addressing the king without his request, and for revealing her true identity. Instead, she was met with compassion and an eagerness to help. Her faith saved her, and her people. “Then Queen Esther answered, ‘King, if you like me and it pleases you, please let me live. And I ask you to let my people live too. This is what I ask for. I ask this because my people and I have been sold to be destroyed—to be killed and wiped out completely. If we had just been sold as slaves, I would have kept quiet, because that would not be enough of a problem to bother the king.’” Esther 7:3-4 ERV
  2. Jonah – I remember hearing this Bible story as a little kid, and getting so nervous about what would happen to Jonah while he was in the whale’s belly. It turns out, something incredible happened. Something that I wouldn’t understand for years to come. Something I can barely grasp now. Humility happened. Grace happened. Forgiveness happened. Jonah’s time in the whale showed him who God is. That journey, while unconventional and slightly disturbing, was necessary. And even though he wasn’t living his best faith life prior to that, he took the plunge (literally) into what God was calling him to do. Prior to ending up in the belly of a whale, God called on Jonah to fulfill His plans and bring a message to the city of Nineveh. But Jonah was afraid and he didn’t want to go. So he chose to run from God. He boarded a boat that was leaving town. But God saw him, and sent a massive storm to remind him of His message. Jonah eventually realized that there was no escaping God’s calling, and when the storm became too much to manage, Jonah confessed to the sailors what he had done, and gave them instructions to throw him overboard. “Jonah said to the men, ‘I know I did wrong—that is why the storm came on the sea. So throw me into the sea, and the sea will become calm.’” Jonah 1:12 ERV

There’s a bit of a theme here with these 2 characters; resistance. Sometimes, our faith stalls out and we don’t put it into action right away. God is patient with us, but He’s also persistent. We can see from both of the examples today that we always have to make the choice to exercise our faith, but God will provide us with a little (or a lot – hello, hurricane) of prompting to encourage us. Just because our characters didn’t immediately leap into action doesn’t mean that they wouldn’t eventually go where God wanted to lead them.

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Can you think of an example in your own life where God was prompting you to lean into your faith and trust Him? What did the prompting from God look, sound, or feel like?

Pray

For discernment in hearing God’s promptings as you learn to exercise your faith.

Tahini Toast

2 minPrep Time

2 minCook Time

4 minTotal Time

Serves 1 Slice of Toast

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Ingredients

  • 1 slice of thick bread
  • 1 tablespoon tahini
  • 1/4 apple, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Instructions

  1. Toast bread as desired
  2. Smear tahini across the top of toast
  3. Layer apple slices
  4. Drizzle honey across the top
  5. Serve warm
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