Be Filled and Be Emptied By Rev Eastwood Anaba


Thursday, August 8, 2019

Topic: Be Filled and Be Emptied

Scripture Reading:

Ecclesiastes 11:1-6

Main Text:

Ecclesiastes 11:3

3 If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves west not what evil upon the earth: and if the tree fall toward the south, or toward the north, in the place where the tree falleth, there it shall be.

Clouds that are full of water, rain onto the earth from where they receive water through evaporation and condensation. The clouds give water back to the earth – it is unnatural not to give back. The reverse is also logical – the earth receives the water it gives to the atmosphere when the rain falls. The earth is created to receive water. Negative circumstances should not prevent us from giving. We should not observe the wind or regard the clouds before we sow seed. During the creation of the earth, when the earth was without form and void and darkness was all over the place, God defied the situation and commanded the earth to produce “plants bearing seed” and it did.

People who observe the wind and regard the clouds are those who give excuses not to give to God or others. They find good reasons to support their determination not to take any risk in giving. Such people think what they have can increase if they hold on to it. The book of Proverbs warns us against keeping things with the hope of increasing what we have (Proverbs 11:24-26). It says people who distribute what they have increase, whereas those who withhold things gravitate towards poverty.

Nature abhors holding on to things – they get rusted, mouldy or rotten. People hate those who hold on to money and earthly possessions while others are in need they – curse them. The giving and receiving behaviour of nature should encourage us to do the same. People who exercise faith in God practise giving and receiving just as natural occurrences depict.


Pray that you’ll be full of substance, so that you can empty yourself into the lives of others.

Recommended Reading:

“Concerning Giving and Receiving” by Eastwood Anaba

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