Text for Today – Luke 6:6-10 – . . . stretch forth thy hand.
Let’s look further than yesterday and examine the command, “stretch forth.” Here are two key words: “stretch” and “forth.” When the Lord gives an order, He also gives direction. It is in His nature. He doesn’t just say, “go.” He tells you “where” to go. To do less would breed confusion,, and we know that God is not the author of confusion. And in addition to direction, you can always counton the fact that obedience to God’s Word brings reward, for God is faithful to His Word that the laborer is worthy of his hire.
Jesus said, “stretch….thy hand.” That problematic area of your life, that weak place, that dried up place, needs to be stretched. Yes, you’re right: you can’t do it on your own, but you can start. At the same time, Jesus never intended that you should do it alone, for He said He would never leave nor forsake you. You MUST rise up and move beyond your comfort zone. A rubber band is of not use until it is stretched. And women, in particular, understand one of the basic principles of growth. They know that having a baby will stretch you. As the baby in the womb develops and grows in preparation for its birthing, the woman full well understands the meaning of stretching. To grow personally in any arena of life will stretch you. To arise from a place of being held captive, and to obey a command to stand forth and stretch can be a strong challenge. If you wish to give birth to life in an arena of your present existence that has, until now, known only weakness, defeat, insufficiency, or death, you MUST stretch beyond what you consider your present limits. I’m speaking of the SUPERNATURAL, and if you can do it on your own, it’s not supernatural.
That leaves us with the question of direction. In this case, Jesus said, “forth.” That’s not backward, or toe the side, and neither is it up or down. It is forward! And if you will ever achieve an upward lift in life, as in a plane, you must build forward speed and momentum. Move forward in obedience to His Word and the Wind of Holy Spirit will carry you to new heights. So, once again, hear the Word of the Lord. Are you ready to stretch? Are you ready to stretch forth? Are you ready to stretch forth your hand (whatever it is that is holding you back)? The best is yet to come.
Manna for Today – Psalm 107:20; 3 John 2; Proverbs 4:20-23; Matthew 8:17; Psalm 103:1-3; Isaiah 55:11; 1 Samuel 15:22-23; Isaiah 1:19; Deuteronomy 28:1-14