If you have ever flown on a plane you will quickly realize how much they will try and sell you stuff. From credit cards with an automatic 30,000 sky miles attached to it, to any alcoholic beverage you can imagine or even a set of ear buds if you forgot yours, they sell it.. My favorite has to be the magazine laying right in front of your seat (you know...it’s the one tucked in front of the safety instructions if the plane goes down). Nearly every single page is filled with things that I didn’t even know existed and yet all of them are a “must have.” For example, Skymall says that you must get the “Peaceful progression wake up clock.” This is no ordinary alarm clock, it wakes you up by the light getting brighter and then releases a scent to gradually wake you without a pesky alarm sounding over and over again. Then there is the toilet seat that lowers itself. Thirty seconds after your transaction is complete this toilet seat will automatically shut. Do you realize how many marriages this could save?
Today what is it that you really need? Do you need to be romanced, talked to, encouraged or hugged? Our need is greater than these basic wants and God knows that. God supplies us with what we truly need and that’s his presence. He counsels and comforts, he guides and transforms, and his Spirit leads and helps us to be like Jesus each and every day. What we need is the Spirit of God to chisel away all the parts of us that don’t look like Christ so that we may have life and walk as Jesus did.
Prayer: D.L. Moody said this, “I firmly believe that the moment our hearts are emptied of pride and selfishness, ambition, self-seeking and everything that is contrary to God’s law, the Holy Spirit will come and fill every corner of our hearts. Before we pray that God would fill us, I think we should ask for God to empty us. There must be emptying before there can be filling."
The wife of a man from the company of the prophets cried out to Elisha, “Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that he revered the Lord. But now his creditor is coming to take my two boys as his slaves.”
Elisha replied to her, “How can I help you? Tell me, what do you have in your house?”
“Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a small jar of olive oil.”
Elisha said, “Go around and ask all your neighbors for empty jars. Don’t ask for just a few. Then go inside and shut the door behind you and your sons. Pour oil into all the jars, and as each is filled, put it to one side.”
She left him and shut the door behind her and her sons. They brought the jars to her and she kept pouring. When all the jars were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another one.”
But he replied, “There is not a jar left.” Then the oil stopped flowing.
She went and told the man of God, and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts. You and your sons can live on what is left.”
2 Kings 4:1-7
When the apostles returned, they reported to Jesus what they had done. Then he took them with him and they withdrew by themselves to a town called Bethsaida, but the crowds learned about it and followed him. He welcomed them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing.
Late in the afternoon the Twelve came to him and said, “Send the crowd away so they can go to the surrounding villages and countryside and find food and lodging, because we are in a remote place here.”
He replied, “You give them something to eat.”
They answered, “We have only five loaves of bread and two fish—unless we go and buy food for all this crowd.” (About five thousand men were there.)
But he said to his disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.” The disciples did so, and everyone sat down. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to distribute to the people. They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up twelve basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.