God places you in circumstances to strengthen your faith.
In the book of 1 kings 17, God told Elijah to go to a widow in the Land of Zarephath, and God commanded that the woman would provide for Elijah.
But when Elijah got there and asked the widow, the widow did not have enough, she only had a little bit of oil and dough left to feed herself and her son for a day and die afterwards. ( 1 kings 17:12)
But God sent Elijah there. God sent Elijah somewhere which didn’t seem to line up with what He had promised.
Yes Elijah got to the widow,but the widow didn’t have the provision.
Because It was God who was going to provide. Not the widow. When God sends us to go somewhere or go and do something, or go to someone to get something, the provision is not in the place, or person, or anything, the provision is in God.
If Elijah got to the widow and the widow was rich and could feed Elijah, then that would not even build Elijah’s faith.God wanted Elijah to see right before His own eyes, that I will provide for you, not man, its through me that you will get what I have promised you not man.
Sometimes God puts us in situations to stir our faith. He won’t put you in a place where there is abundance. He puts you in a situation where there is lack , so you can exercise the faith He has given you to bring abundance where you are.
How would our faith grow if we knew how everything was going to happen. Elijah could have sat down and said” but God you said the woman will provide, but she doesn’t have enough”. But Elijah had faith in God and the words God spoke to Him , so He spoke according to His faith. He didnt need to go back to God and ask again, because God had already said it.
Hebrews 11:1 faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Elijah’s faith was strengthened because He spoke the very word that God had given Him concerning His provision and there was provision.
so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
Sometimes we may find ourselves in places God told us to go, people God told us will help us. But we have to realise that the provision is not in the place or the person, our provision is in God. The place is where God has chosen to manifest His provision, the people are vessels God has chosen to use. But God Himself is the one who will make it happen.
Speak the word that God has given you concerning your situation. It may not look like what God has promised right now, but as you speak with faith and move with faith It will happen. Have faith!! Din’t give up !!!
19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?