Leanness In The SoulPsalms 106:15: And he gave them their request; but sent leanness into their soul.
God gave the Israelites what they wanted but sent leanness into their soul. If we want fatness in our soul we need to give God what He wants. Obedience. When we seek our own will instead of God*s it never has a good result for us.1 John 5:3: For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. Matthew 26:39: And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.
The request for the cup to pass from Him was made by the perfect man. And the perfect man proved His perfection and perfect faith by submitting His will to the will of the Father. How much more do we who are so willfully sinful need to submit our will to the will of the Father?
People*s New Testament Commentary:
But as thou wilt. This is an example of perfect faith . . . the faith by which alone answers to prayer can be obtained. He that insists on his will, when it is contrary to the will of God, fails in faith.
Was he heard? Yes, verily, and. especially in that which was the very pith and marrow of his prayer: *Not as I will, but as thou wilt.* This was the vital part of his petition, its true essence; for much as his human nature shrank from the *cup*, still more did he shrink from any thought of acting contrary to his Father*s will. Christ*s sense of sonship was clear and undimmed even in that dark hour, for he began his prayer with the filial utterance, O my father.*
Spurgeon on Genesis 41:4: The illfavoured and leanfleshed kine did eat up the seven wellfavoured and fat kine.
Pharaoh*s dream has too often been my waking experience. My days of sloth have ruinously destroyed all that I had achieved in times of zealous industry; my seasons of coldness have frozen all the genial glow of my periods of fervency and enthusiasm; and my fits of worldliness have thrown me back from my advances in the divine life. I had need to beware of lean prayers, lean praises, lean duties, and lean experiences, for these will eat up the fat of my comfort and peace. If I neglect prayer for never so short a time, I lose all the spirituality to which I had attained; if I draw no fresh supplies from heaven, the old corn in my granary is soon consumed by the famine which rages in my soul. When the caterpillars of indifference, the cankerworms of worldliness, and the palmerworms of self-indulgence, lay my heart completely desolate, and make my soul to languish, all my former fruitfulness and growth in grace avails me nothing whatever. How anxious should I be to have no lean-fleshed days, no ill-favoured hours! If every day I journeyed towards the goal of my desires I should soon reach it, but backsliding leaves me still far off from the prize of my high calling, and robs me of the advances which I had so laboriously made. The only way in which all my days can be as the *fat kine,* is to feed them in the right meadow, to spend them with the Lord, in His service, in His company, in His fear, and in His way. Why should not every year be richer than the past, in love, and usefulness, and joy?-I am nearer the celestial hills, I have had more experience of my Lord, and should be more like Him. O Lord, keep far from me the curse of leanness of soul; let me not have to cry, *My leanness, my leanness, woe unto me!* but may I be well-fed and nourished in Thy house, that I may praise Thy name.