Saturday, April 2, 2016

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2016 April 2

Now there was a certain man of Ramathaimzophim, of mount Ephraim, and his name was Elkanah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Elihu, the son of Tohu, the son of Zuph, an Ephrathite: And he had two wives; the name of the one was Hannah, and the name of the other Peninnah: and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children. And this man went up out of his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice unto the LORD of hosts in Shiloh. And the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, the priests of the LORD, were there. And when the time was that Elkanah offered, he gave to Peninnah his wife, and to all her sons and her daughters, portions: But unto Hannah he gave a worthy portion; for he loved Hannah: but the LORD had shut up her womb. And her adversary also provoked her sore, for to make her fret, because the LORD had shut up her womb. And as he did so year by year, when she went up to the house of the LORD, so she provoked her; therefore she wept, and did not eat. Then said Elkanah her husband to her, Hannah, why weepest thou? and why eatest thou not? and why is thy heart grieved? am not I better to thee than ten sons? (1 Samuel 1:1-8)
Today’s Morsel: There are many who are full of things but empty within.  The world seems to be on a slippery slope of discontentment.  This snowball of internal emptiness seems to be rolling and picking up speed faster and faster.  Not only is it in the world, but it is also wreaking havoc in the church.  Homes are full of things, but they empty spiritually.  Most of it is of one’s own doing while the other part is because churches are trying to be politically correct and please people, instead of telling them what they need and how to pleasing God.  People don’t need more stuff; they need more Jesus.  Solomon said, “The horseleach hath two daughters, crying, Give, give. There are three things that are never satisfied, yea, four things say not, It is enough: The grave; and the barren womb; the earth that is not filled with water; and the fire that saith not, It is enough” (Proverbs 30:15-16).  The horseleach has two daughters. The first is cruelty. Her offspring are unkindness, meanness, nastiness, spitefulness, and vindictiveness.  And the second daughter is covetousness. Her offspring are greediness, materialism, and envy.  Solomon said that they are crying give, give and they are continually uneasy to themselves.  In other words, they always want more.  And because so many have allowed these two daughters to control their lives, they are never full and content.  They are always empty.  Hannah realized that in order for her to be full and content, she needed a personal altar where she could talk to God.  And after spending personal time with God and her prayer was heard, scripture says, “So the woman went her way, and did eat, and her countenance was no more sad” (1 Samuel 1:18). Sadness is an indicator of emptiness.  Hannah was no longer empty but full.  It is amazing what a little talk with Jesus can do.  Give it a try.

Sing:  Now let us, have a little talk with Jesus, tell Him all about our troubles, He will hear our faintest cry, He will answer by and by. When you feel a little prayer wheel turning, you’ll know a little fire is burning, just a little talk with Jesus makes it right.

Thought For Today: “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33)

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