“I assure you that there were many widows in Israel in Elijah’s time, when the sky was shut for three and a half years and there was a severe famine throughout the land. Yet Elijah was not sent to any of them, but to a widow in Zarephath in the region of Sidon. And there were many in Israel with leprosy in the time of Elisha the prophet, yet not one of them was cleansed—only Naaman the Syrian.”

– Luke 4:25-27

When Jesus confronted the unbelief of His hometown friends and neighbors, He cited several instances when God showed grace to those who were least likely to expect it, let alone deserve it. Though His fellow Nazarenes were certain that they would be the recipient of good things from Him simply because they “knew Him when,” He poignantly pointed out that there are no favorites in His Kingdom. To prove His case, He drew their attention to two people whose proactive faith resulted in a miraculous manifestation of the Lord’s presence; yet neither one of them was Jewish. Elijah was sent to save a Gentile widow and her son from starvation, even while many of his fellow Jews were perishing by drought. Why? Because she had great reverence for God and was willing to give up her last bit of food for the prophet’s sake. Likewise, Naaman, a leper and Syrian warrior who had a history of being brutal to the Israelites, went out of his way to seek healing from the God of Jacob, and he received a miracle for setting his pride aside. You see, our Savior doesn’t reserve the display of His glory for the holiest subjects, but rather for the ones who most diligently desire to see Him revealed.

My friend, in your walk as a Christian, it’s easy to become complacent and to believe that wonders will find you simply because you know the God who is their source. However, while you are the benefactor of a great boon of treasure in the heavenly realm, you should never stop searching for it and digging it up. Yes, your soul is sealed for eternity with Jesus, but tasting the full extent of His goodness here on earth requires you to proactively press into His presence and earnestly expect Him to respond. It’s not by might nor by power but by His Spirit working through you and your big, bold faith that miracles are born and Jesus is glorified!


Jesus, fill my heart with expectant faith, and help me to press into the fullness of your power, every day.


Do you lean into faith and expect big things from God?


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