What do you Have In Your Hand?
It often sounds too good to be believed, but God has given us examples how to live this life in comfort and peace.
With the widow of Zarephat God proved that even with whatever little resource we have he can redeem our situation if we trusted him. She had surrendered herself to starvation. She was gathering sticks to make a fire with which to bake the last small meal of flour for herself and her son. But she honored the prophet's audacious request to bake the cake first for him from the small meal left, and afterwards to then bake for herself and her son.
Because of this her display of trust, or would it be a state of 'quell sera sera', abandonment to fate. Whichever it was, she got a profound blessing pronounced upon her by the prophet to the effect that
'the meal of flour shall not be SPENT nor the cruse of oil RUN DRY till the day the LORD rains down blessings from heaven'
And it was so through out the famine period.
The next example is where Jesus had finished ministering to a multitude. It was late in the evening and they had been out there with him all day long. He did not want to just let them go with the verbal assurance that God will provide for them when they get home.
Upon his inquiry, it was discovered that a little boy in the crowd still had his lunch pack uneaten. Jesus asked for it to be brought to him, and the boy gave. He gave thanks, blessed and broke the bread and fish into pieces; and as he broke they kept multiplying! And the little boy's meal of small fish and a loaf of bread fed over five thousand men, not numbering women and children. And they gathered seven baskets full of leftover pieces of bread and fish!
Are you in a desperate situation now? From where you stand now do you consider that only a miracle can bail you out? Well, then if you are the one am talking about, lets look at your hands.
What d'you have in your hands now? Like your last meal of flour and cruse of oil? What do you have in your hands that's like that little boy's small fish and a loaf of bread?
Yea, that business that's almost dead, that unyielding investment, that skill you never acknowledged, that your home that's about to break up, that last money in your pocket, that, that, that! You've got the idea.
God must work with something in your hands. Even to create man he had to scoop up some sand from the ground. He can't help you with nothing in your hands. You must search out that thing you have that you can hand over to him and he can give thanks for, and bless and break and multiply till you are satisfied and you gather stores of leftovers!
What do you have in your life that God can use right now to work on your case?