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Empty Flour Sacks

He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent away empty.  Luke 1:53


God has great generosity to feed multitudes from His storehouses. The poor and rich are equally dependent upon Him for daily provisions. The poor man comes through a sense of his need, and God feeds him.   When the rich man comes in the lust of gain, to add more to his abundance, God sends him away empty.

Jack hitched up his horse and wagon and was sent off to the granary mill to buy a sack full of flour for his mother. His mother gave him the right amount of money for a full sack of white flour, but before Jack got to the mill he was caught up into a game of chance with some of the schoolboys. Jack lost almost every thing. With what money he had left he went to the granary and asked the mill-owner to fill up his flour sack and promised that he would pay him when he could. The mill-owner said that he couldn’t do business that way. So Jack got as much flour as he could. The flour barely covered the bottom of the sack. When Jack arrived home he tried to set the empty sack upright in the bin.   His mother walked in and said, “It’s hard to make an empty sack stand upright.” Jack then confessed what happened and promised to do right the next time. The only problem was that his promises to the mill-owner and to his mother didn’t fill the flour sack.

A person full of promises and good intentions will come to their wits end trying to make their empty flour sack stand upright. Most make themselves promises, or promise others of doing better in order to fill their sack. In all of their sincerity their promises barely cover the bottom of their sack.

When we do right the God of Righteousness fills our flour sacks.   This is not only teaching about our daily needs and provision, it is also for those who hunger “after righteousness” (Matthew 5:6). For those with spiritual hunger God fills their spiritual flour sacks with “good things” as well.

God’s “good things” of salvation is what should be in our spiritual sacks. All hope of salvation by our own good works or good intensions are foolish attempts to make empty sacks stand upright. Those who come full of themselves with an abundance of works God sends away empty.   Empty flour sacks can’t even stand upright in a church any better than in a granary bin. We all at our best are empty flour sacks unless the pure white merits of Christ’s flour are poured into us to fill us up so that we may stand upright before God. Oh what good news – there is a full Christ for empty sinners!

(Published in the Marshall County Tribune)

David C. Hale, pastor

New Life Community Church

1001 Easy Street

Lewisburg, TN 37091

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