A city dweller moved to a farm and bought a milking cow. He looked after the cow and was upset when the cow went dry in just a short time. One day he complained about the cow to his neighbour who was surprised because he knew the cow was a good one and should have produced lots of milk for a long time.
The city man said he was surprised too because he had really looked after the cow. If he only needed a litre of milk, he only took a litre. If he didn’t need milk, he was kind and didn’t bother her. He had been very considerate and treated her well.
The farmer had to explain that the only way to keep the milk flowing was to take as much milk as possible from the cow – not to take as little as possible.
Isn’t that true in the Christian life?
If we only take a LITTLE of the Word into our lives, we will be weak, vulnerable and defeated.
If we take MUCH of the Word and ‘feed’ on it, meditate on it and apply it to our daily living, we will be victorious.
The same applies to prayer. The old saying ‘six days without prayer makes one weak’ is very true. As we pray, we are strengthened and enabled.
Those who only turn to God in times of need are the ones who miss out on the real joy and abundance that flows from a continual infilling of His Spirit and the wonder of His abiding presence. God delights to give. God delights to share fellowship with us, to be our ever-present help. The MORE we receive of Him and His Word and His blessings, the MORE we will find Him to be all we need.
What has God promised to His children?
His abiding presence:
Hebrews 13:5 I will never leave you nor forsake you.
Matthew 28:20 I am with you always.
2 Timothy 3:16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God
and is profitable for doctrine (what IS right)
for reproof (what is NOT right) for correction (how to GET right)
for instruction in righteousness (how to STAY right)
His victory over temptation [1 Corinthians 10:13] and over satan:
James 4:7 Submit to God; resist the devil and he will flee from you.
His strength and power and victory in Him:
Romans 8:37 We are more than conquerors through Him who loves us.
The list is endless. God has supplied ALL we need to live victorious Christian lives but we need to keep drawing from His endless supplies.
If we draw LITTLE we will be WEAK
If we draw MUCH we will be STRONG
Among the saddest words in the Bible are these:
Psalm 78:41 They limited the Holy One of Israel
They limited God!? God is omnipotent! He was LIMITED by the people?
Yes – and we read in Mark 6 that Jesus was limited in what He could do for the people, because of their unbelief.
We must ask the questions of ourselves:
Do I limit God in my community?
Do I draw so LITTLE from Him that I make no difference?
Or do I draw MUCH from Him, allowing Him to mould me more and more into the image of Christ [Ephesians 4:13] and allowing Him to reveal Himself through me and draw others to Himself?