Open Wide

May 21, 2011
by Bethany Hayes

Have you ever spent a day watching the activity of a mother bird following the arrival of her latest brood? She has one purpose only: to bring good things to the open mouths of her hungry children. Unable to care for themselves, her babies wait in expectation for her presence and her provisions. All day long, she feeds them, knowing that they will survive and grow only as she supplies their needs.

The Lord has made this promise:

Psalm 81:10 – I am the Lord thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it. (KJV)

When we are convinced that He is the Lord our God, we will open our lives wide to Him. Like a baby bird in dependence on another, we will wait in expectation for what He chooses to bring our way. When we trust Him, we will accept the abundance He brings and let Him fill us to the full. A wide mouth in expectation of blessing requires this deep and open trust.

Imagine if a baby bird decided that it would rather fend for itself. Unable to satisfy its own needs, it would soon return to the sustaining influence of its mother's care. In the same way, our efforts are useless apart from His blessing — the kind of blessing He promises to open, trusting mouths.

How wide are our mouths?

Prayer: Father, thank You for promising to meet our needs abundantly as we trust in You. Give us the faith that opens our mouths to Your blessings wider today than they were yesterday. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

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Bethany Hayes <bethany828@comcast.net>
Portland, Oregon, USA

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