a fine day to fill your spiritual “basket”.
“They put their faith in the Lord and in His servant, Moses.” Exodus 14:31b NLT
The people of Israel escaped the Egyptian army by walking through the Red Sea when Moses, using the power God had given him, parted the waters of the sea to make a path. After safely reaching the other side, the people of Israel watched as the waters closed over the advancing Egyptians who tried to follow, wiping out the entire army of Pharaoh.
“Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.”
So goes the old saying and it is probably sage advice when related to a financial portfolio. But when the people of Israel stood in awe and watched their pursuers vanish before their eyes, one can easily understand that they then placed all of their spiritual “eggs of faith” in the “basket” provided by God and the person He chose to lead them.
Safer than any stock, any mutual fund or any bond, “investing” our faith only in God can bring rewards beyond any we could possibly envision.
In one of the most powerful and overwhelming displays of faith to be found in the entire Bible, Abraham is instructed by God to sacrifice his son. As they walk up the mountain to the place God has directed Abraham, one can only imagine the complete trust and reliance on God Abraham must have had. Abraham built the altar, arranged the wood and tied his son, placing him on the altar.
“And Abraham picked up the knife to kill his son as a sacrifice.” (Genesis 22:10 NLT).
If this was Hollywood, this would be the point where the image would be cut to a commercial break.
But this wasn’t Hollywood. This was a man who so loved and trusted God and had unbelievable faith in His wisdom and judgment that he was prepared to do something most of us would find impossible to do.
Talk about having all of your spiritual “eggs” in one “basket”.
Of course, we know the Lord did not allow Abraham to go through with killing his beloved son, but because he exhibited such profound faith in God, “…he has become a wealthy man. The Lord has given him flocks of sheep and goats, herds of cattle, a fortune in silver and gold, and many male and female servants and camels and donkeys.” (Genesis 24:35 NLT).
Our material wealth on this earth may never equal that of Abraham. In fact, for most of us, our earthly material wealth will not even come close. Far too many people mistakenly identify the prosperity and riches of the Bible with material possessions here on earth, and while some may be so blessed, that is not the foundation on which we build our faith.
But if we do put all of our faith in God, our lives will be full of the richness of God’s love, peace, joy, grace, mercy, and forgiveness and we will be rewarded with an eternal life of happiness and joy beyond description when God decides to call us to His Kingdom.
So gather up the “eggs” of your faith today and place them all in God’s spiritual “basket.” It’s the best ‘investment’ you will ever make.
Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson