Empty-handed, but Not Empty-hearted

As long as your heart is full of the life of God, you hand will never lack what it needs to please Father.

Text for Today – Joshua 1:8 – This book of the law shall not depart out of they mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make they way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.

Over the years I have served the ministry of the Kingdom of God, I have done much traveling.  One of the things I have learned, and upon which I continue to improve, is packing for ministry.  I have discovered I don’t need nearly as much as I originally thought.  I have also learned that if I have planned properly, and upon my arrival at the intended destination I don’t have everything I need, the Lord ALWAYS comes through for me.  He has NEVER failed me.  This is one lesson we see taught to us through the experience of those about whom we read in the Scriptures.

When Samson went from the rock at Etam down to Lehi to be delivered into the hands of the Philistines, he didn’t pack a weapon.  Yet he slew one thousand Philistines.  He arrived empty-handed, but not empty-hearted.  He found a “new jawbone of an ass,” and with it won his victory.

When David went, at his father’s command, to check on his older brothers who were arrayed in battle against the Philistines, all he took was food for his brothers.  The stone he would use to kill Goliath was waiting for him in a brook, being shaped and molded by the flowing water for years, for his arrival.  All David had to do was retrieve that stone and use it.

Further, when David had felled Goliath, he carried with him no cutting instrument with which to remove Goliath’s head.  Yet when David had fulfilled his task of killing that uncircumcised giant, it was the giant’s own sword that was used to remove his head.

Jesus came, the Word in the flesh, to teach the people, but He did not bring a boat.  Yet when He needed one. He had one at hand (Peter’s) and used it as a platform from which to teach the people.

So it is today.  You really don’t need all you think you need.  Start from where you are with what you have, and be sure your heart and mouth are continually filled with the Word of God.  God already possesses what you need but do not personally possess.  Trust Him!  If He sent you, He will provision you when you come to the place of need.  So, go face your Philistines, whether a thousand, or a single giant.  What you need is waiting for your arrival. 

Manna for Today – Philippians 4:19; Judges 15