Look For The Overflow

In Psalm 23, we read “I shall not want” and “my cup will be overflowing.” If a cup is overflowing it means there is more than enough to fill it. Sometimes I joke with people that they need to be careful if I am pouring a drink for them at a social gathering. I am getting such a revelation of more than enough, I just might keep pouring after their cup is full and overflow it. We find the same principle of overflow in Proverbs.

Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine (Proverbs 3:9-10).

Brimming over? This sounds a lot like what we read in Psalm 23 where cups were overflowing. An overflow of new wine sounds like a good thing to me. Overflowing barns? Remember Joseph who had the overflowing crops for seven years as the minister of agriculture in Egypt? He saved up enough to last for the next seven years of drought. I recall Jesus talking about a guy that had his barns overflowing in the New Testament. In both cases the barns were overflowing, but there was a different use for the surplus on each occasion. Expect surplus. But what do we do with the surplus…that is a question we must ask the Lord?

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