What You’ve Got to Give is Enough

 

Provided For - God's Heart for You by Holley Gerth

I woke this morning dreaming of big, delicious cupcakes with thick frosting and cream filling. You know the kind. Talk about sweet dreams. Amen.

And because everything in my life is a spiritual analogy, it made me think of the parable Jesus tells about a guy whose friend comes to town unexpectedly. He has nothing to feed his guest, so he goes to his neighbor and asks for bread.

At first, the neighbor whines about it being late at night, but the guy keeps on banging and eventually gets the bread. The whole point of the parable is that if a cranky neighbor will give you bread when you ask, how much more will the God who deeply loves you do the same—and give you even more than you need.

But this morning I noticed something for the first time. The guy was asking for bread for someone else, not for himself. And he says three little words that caught me by surprise: “I have nothing.”

Insecurity prompts us to say those words too, doesn’t it? But having nothing didn’t stop this man. In fact, it provided a reason to make a request.

What if we responded that way too?

Someone needs bread—perhaps physically, or maybe emotionally or spiritually. Yet we feel we have nothing to offer. And really, apart from Christ, that’s true. But we aren’t apart from Him, ever. And we have limitless access to all of His resources.

So God invites us to ask for bread on behalf of ourselves and each other. And to ask boldly, persistently.

“Give us each day our daily bread,” goes the line in the Lord’s Prayer. What if that bread isn’t just for us? What if it’s for someone else too?

Either way, all we have to do is ask. The answer may not be what we have in mind, but we can trust it will always come from a God who loves us.

And I’ve decided I’m not just asking for any ol’ bread if I’m talking to the limitless God of the universe, who promises to provide for us. I’m doing a little dreaming and asking for blessings that are like cupcakes to pass around—big, delicious ones with pink frosting and cream filling.

You know the kind.

XOXO

Holley Gerth

{enjoy more encouragement like this in God’s Heart for You: Embracing Your True Worth as a Woman}

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