First Base Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please him……… (ESV)
Second Base The life of faith may be said to have at least three components. (1) It involves a life of coming to God and seeking him earnestly; (2) This life of faith involves believing that God exists; and (3) This life of faith involves confidence that God will reward those who exercise such faith. (Source: NIV Application Commentary)
Third Base Baseball strategy has many facets. For pitchers, they have to anticipate how likely the batter is to swing depending on the count, his ability to make contact, and the damage he can do. The batter on the other hand has to consider does he hit right handed or left handed pitchers better. Does he hit well against this pitcher. Both must consider what inning it is, how many runners are on base, how many outs, what is the score?
Home Plate Have you ever asked yourself the question: “What do I want; hope; and believe that God will do through me today? It is a question that reveals anticipation and faith. Pastor Lance Witt says this about faith – “Faith requires us to look beyond ourselves for answers. Anticipation drives us to look to God and place our hope and trust in Him.” Merriam-Webster dictionary defines anticipation as “a feeling of excitement about something that is going to happen and the act of preparing for something.” Anticipation creates an excitement waiting for God to step into our lives and show himself to us in a mighty way. The story of Elisha and the Widow’s oil in 2 Kings 4 is a perfect example of faith in action. Her husband had died and a creditor had come to take her two sons to become slaves to pay her debts. She cries out to the prophet Elisha for help. He asks how he can help. Finding out she had a small amount of oil, he told her to have her sons go into the neighborhood and borrow as many empty pots as they could. Then in the privacy of her home she and her sons were told to begin pouring the oil from one pot to another. Soon one pot and then another were overflowing with fresh oil until all the vessels collected had been filled. With this abundance of oil, the woman could sell the oil, pay her debt, and still have plenty of money to provide for her needs and the needs of her sons. The Lord took what little the woman had and he multiplied it. Battles between pitchers and hitters are exciting to watch. As fans we are anticipating the outcome. If the batter is our favorite, we want him to get a hit. If the pitcher is our favorite, we want him to send the batter back to the bench. So how do we know the widow had faith? She collected the empty jars from her neighbors. How about you today? As you start your day are you in anticipation of what God has for you to do on your journey? Let anticipation put you on the edge of your seat.
Final Out Father thru the prophet Elisha God gave the widow an opportunity to put her faith in action. I am sure after the 2nd and subsequent pots of oil were overflowing she was amazed and marveled at the miracle taking place right before her eyes. Just as God invited this woman to be a part of his plan, He is inviting us this day to step out in faith in anticipation of great and wonderful things that will happen if we only trust and obey. Amen