I had been lifting a need to the Lord throughout the day and that evening, the Spirit impressed upon my spirit, "Have I ever failed You?" It was a gentle reminder that He yearns for me to be confident of His care and to believe that He hears my prayer.
When Jesus was about to feed the 5,000, He turned to Philip and asked, "Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?" (John 6:5).
I think Jesus would have been so pleased if Philip had said, "Oh, Jesus, I know You can provide for these people. If God provided manna for the thousands of Israelites for 40 years, then providing one meal for 5,000 is no problem for You."
But Philip failed the test. "Eight months wages would not buy enough bread for each to have a bite!"
It almost seems that Jesus was searching Philip's mind. "Just how deeply do you believe, Philip? Do you truly believe that I am the One Moses said would come?"
It is one thing to say, "Look how faithfully God provided in the past!" But when there's an immediate need, do we believe He won't leave His people hungry? He longs to find those who confidently rest in Him knowing that their Father will provide.
Faith is best shown, not in the moments when it's easy to believe, but when we look beyond the circumstances and rest in His faithfulness. How satisfying our faith is to God.
Thank You, Father, that you never waste any of our efforts to trust You.
"Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you!" (Isaiah 49:15).