Working Through Luke and Acts – Luke 1, verse 53

Luke 1:53    He has filled the hungry with good things, And the rich He has sent away empty.

Mary, the peasant girl living in what we would regard as poverty, can testify that God fills the hungry with good things. She knew the goodness of God! Those who have no earthly power or riches can be filled, while those who trust that they have all kinds of earthly advantages go away empty. There is no lack among those who put their trust only in God.

Psalm 84:11    For the LORD God is a sun and shield; The LORD will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold From those who walk uprightly.

Being filled with good things does not mean becoming one of the rich, for the good things go beyond mere money. Most importantly, He fills the spiritually hungry with His Spirit, while those who think themselves spiritually self-sufficient go away empty.

Ron Franklin


About RonElFran

Ron Franklin is a graduate of Denver Seminary in Colorado, and is the now retired founding pastor of a church in Harrisburg, PA. A former engineer and manager for high-tech companies such as IBM, Ron has written extensively on matters relating to the Christian faith, modern technology, the Civil War, and African American history. You can see a selection of his articles at .
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