You want me to do WHAT? – “The Test of Faith” – 1 Kings 17:1-16

(Picture credit Stephen Sweeney . Licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.)

Honestly, when Elijah’s on stage, this musical rocks out! In between the two JUMPIN’ numbers of “Famine in the Kingdom of Israel” and “The Challenge”, we get one quiet, contemplative song:  This “The Test of Faith”, sung by The Widow.  Learn about this song here.

The text of the story of Elijah and the widow is in 1 Kings 17:1-16.  As I imagine what the widow was thinking while she was making the bread, I think of the principles highlighted in this song. I enjoy this poster from Creative LDS Quotes, with wording similar to this song’s lyric, (here under #17).

Step into the darkness

I’ve written about faith before:  In the musical, NOAH, the 4 women in Noah’s family are tasked with gathering enough food to feed the animals on the ark (lyric here, under #11).   The song “Faith” can be heard here.  “Faith” is an upbeat song and it made people want to get up an dance!  But that was a different look at faith:  It was “Wow, this is a big job and I’m not sure if I can do it” song on faith.

The widow’s test of faith is different:  She is betting her life!  And not just HER life but the life of her son!  I am astonished at her actions and wonder what she saw and sensed in Elijah that led her to “step into the darkness”.  Her faith-at-the-risk-of-death reminds me of Indiana Jones’ leap of faith in The Last Crusade!

Most people I know have had a serious test of faith. This song is a compilation of every great talk and lesson on faith that I’ve ever heard.  I wrote it because sometimes having a lyric or quote or scripture to hang onto is just what we need to help us make a difficult decision.

I’m sure you’ve had your own “test of faith” – what has helped you make it through?