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birth to many children.
It’s interesting to note here that not only is this a poetic way of mentioning the benefits of the coming Messiah, but it is also a way to tell his listeners, “get ready”. When we consider Isaiah 54:2 in context, we get a clear picture that what is being said is a poetic way of saying, “get ready to be blessed”.
“Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes”— this becomes an over emphasized way of saying, “be prepared for more than you can handle, reinforce your dwelling place for this blessing, get ready, get ready for more than you can handle.”
God has always given to the point of overflowing. This is the way God has always been with His children. In the garden of Eden, Adam and Eve had everything but one tree. Abraham was the richest man in his region. Jesus, when he fed the 5,000, created leftovers on purpose. When Paul writes 1 Timothy 1:14, he says, “and the grace of our Lord overflowed for me with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.” (ESV) God is overflowing with love, grace, and mercy.
When God gave His son Jesus for our redemption He gave of Himself; He gave to overflowing, an overabundance of Himself. His sacrifice is an overflowing of what was required to save mankind. The sacrifice was abundantly more than the debt payment for mankind. In paying more than the debt, we become eternally His if we yield to him. When we become His, we also get His rewards, and that includes all the blessings that comes with it.
There are many scriptures that mention this characteristic of God, of being blessed beyond our means.
—Luke 6:38 says, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”
—Proverbs 3:10 says, “then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.”
—John 10:10 says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
—Ephesians 3:19-21 says, “and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”
It is clear that God is a God of overflow. But how does relate to this month’s finance lesson? Because as we are reminded in Isaiah 54:2, we must be prepared for the overflowing nature of God. There are several scriptures that talk about being prepared: prepared for the coming of the Messiah, prepared for the kingdom, prepared in our hearts with repentance, prepared to defend the gospel.
— Proverbs 28:19-20 says, “Those who work their land will have abundant food, but those who chase fantasies will have their fill of poverty. A faithful person will be richly blessed, but one eager to get rich will not go unpunished.”
If you have followed this past year’s articles on finances, you will know that I mentioned that there are a few ways to prepare for your harvest and one of them is to create an avenue for finances to flow from. If you did your part, then you now have at least one way to allow God’s financial blessing to flow through. If you planted your seed by sowing where God led you to then you now have a reason to expect a harvest.
Now that you have done all these things the next step is to prepare for the harvest by “enlarging the place of your tent.” Do what Joseph did as he prepared for the 7 years of prosperity and the 7 years of famine. Make a place for your overflow, prepare for your harvest.
Start exercising your faith with preparation; start the planning process for how you will use your harvest. Begin making plans for sowing again for another harvest. Listen for God on how you should use this coming harvest. Who will you partner with? Where will you sow your financial seed this year? Make your plans now for the coming year so that when the overabundance shows up, you won’t be overwhelmed by the blessing. Pre-plan your increase so that when it comes in you have a clear head as to what you should do with it.
For myself, along with my budgeting, I needed to preplan my spending and sowing so that when the harvest came in I knew exactly what needed to be done. I wrote down where I would utilize my finances in preparation for abundance to arrive. My wife and I wrote out each dollar amount that was to be used; where we were to spend, donate, where to sow and how much to sow. By being prepared this way I wouldn’t be caught off guard with the blessing when it came flooding in, and we wouldn’t act foolishly with the overflowing increase. However God wants you to prepare for the harvest, do it now!
If you need a suggestion, maybe you can start by writing it down first. Be specific with amounts and to whom it was going. Doing it this way was specific to me. It might be different for you. Whatever you do, use wisdom and common sense when preparing to receive your harvest.
In taking this step of faith you are doing as Isaiah 54:2 suggests, which is to prepare your tent for the coming blessing. Rejoice in the fact that you have to plan and that you are prepared, because your harvest is close.
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“Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes.”
Reading Isaiah chapters 53, 54, and 55 in context, you will get the bigger picture that this is about the coming Messiah. His coming changes the dynamics of this world. Because of His works, He expands the family of God; that’s why in chapter 54 Isaiah mentions that the barren woman will give
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