ENOUGH, and to SPARE
BY: RAY PRINZING
“And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father…"
Having spent all that he had, wasting his substance in riotous living, the prodigal finally came “to himself,” faced up to his desperate need, knew that self could offer no more, and a return to father’s house was imperative. In his father’s house even the hired servants had abundant, over and above every need, enough and to spare.
Father’s provision is always
“For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.”
It is true, present life is often filled with the sufferings of Christ until they seem to run over our cup and splash out everywhere. But this is not the end of the situation, nor should we always be “suffering conscious,” because the consolations of Christ also run over the cup. There can be an overflowing life in the midst of present travail and suffering. There is something missing in the concept of how it will be “only glory by and by.” True, with all things reconciled and restored the sorrows of the night will have passed away, all tears been wiped away. But the glory of the ultimate does not take away from the FACT that there is consolation NOW which is