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Within Reach

Monday, October 17, 2016

He took his staff in his hand and chose five smooth stones from the brook and put them in his shepherd’s pouch. His sling was in his hand, and he approached the Philistine (1 Samuel 17:40, esv).

The answer to your prayer is probably not somewhere out there. It could be right before your eyes—because often God works through what we already have.

“As you face difficulty, look first to the Lord—not at the resources you don’t have.”

If you’re dealing with a medical problem, for instance, and you’ve been told the best doctor for your particular health condition is five states away—and you can’t get there—don’t worry as if you’re cut off from receiving the best possible care. Wherever you’re located, desperate for a miracle, God needs only what you have. Right there.

This principle is on display all throughout the Bible:

. . . The widow in 2 Kings 4 who was down to her last jar of cooking oil needed only to go borrow some vessels from nearby neighbors in order to experience God’s supply.

. . . The caterers in Cana who ran out of wine before they ran out of wedding guests needed only their own containers and some water for Jesus to perform a miracle.

. . . The disciples who saw no plausible way to feed over 5,000 people needed only the five loaves and two fish from a boy’s lunch they found among the crowd.

. . . And, as 1 Samuel 17:40 says, David only needed his trusty slingshot and five smooth stones from a local stream in order to bring down the Philistine giant, Goliath. He already knew how to use these things. And he didn’t need to go far to locate them.

God doesn’t need any more than what you already have to perform His miraculous work.

So as you face whatever difficulty you’re currently dealing with—whether you need a miracle in your soul, in your marriage, with one of your children, or due to a professional or ministry setback—look first to Him, not at what you don’t have.

In the meantime, God will do what only God can do to ensure He gets the glory that only He deserves.

Stop looking everywhere else and get ready to see what God will do with what you already have.


  • What is one panic-driven solution you’ve been pursuing that the Lord might have you surrender to Him?
  • What does this insight into the ways of God reveal to You about His nature? His capability? His love toward you as His child?

Father, thank You for being so near. Thank You for coming to me, right here where I am, assuring me that everything I need is found in what You can do with the raw ingredients You’ve already placed around me. Forgive me for being so impatient as not to recognize that this is how You choose to transform hard situations—and to transform me. Open my eyes to see my problems and concerns not as hopelessly impossible, but as rich opportunities to watch Your power at work through my weakness and ordinariness. With joyful anticipation I invite You to work how You want. I pray these things in the all-sufficient name of Jesus, amen.


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