“Nothing”

…”tell me what do you have in your house?”  “Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a little oil.”  (2 Kings 4:2)

She was desperate.  Wanting to save her sons from slavery but having “nothing” in her grasp to do so.  At least that is what she thought.

I am guessing you have thought that too.  I know I have.

Desperation often leads to dismissal.  We want or need something but feel like it is just outside of our means to get it.

I have had those times when I have held my empty hands open begging for more and I fully expected the more to come from somewhere else.  But it didn’t and it wouldn’t because that is not where it was supposed to be found.

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No, the more was to be birthed from my “nothing.”

My grace is sufficient for you for my power is made perfect in weakness.  (2 Cor 12:9)

His power made perfect in my weakness – my “nothing.”

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine according to his power that is at work within us.  (Ephesians 3:20)

His power is made perfect in our weakness.

His power is at work within us.

His power will do immeasurably more than we can ask or imagine.

The power is within me – His power.  The ability, the abundance, the mighty resides in my “nothing.”

It exists in your “nothing.”

This miraculous power is waiting to be perfected in our weakness but to do so means we need to acknowledge its existence and its worth.  We have to see our “nothing” as “something” and offer it as the only gift we have.

We have to stop thinking what we have is less than what He can use.

The little we have is all that He wants,

It is far more than He needs.

 

 

 

Carly - This is so encouraging. I definitely have those times when I feel I have nothing to offer, but it’s so true that God works in our weakness and if we offer what we have to him he can use it to do more than we would ever have imagined. Visiting from Let Us Grow.

Trudy - This is such a beautiful reminder. “His power made perfect in my weakness – my “nothing.” Thank you for this encouragement today. Have a blessed weekend!

Barbie - How’d you get inside my head? “We have to stop thinking what we have is less than what He can use.” I so often think that what i have isn’t enough. I need to open my hands up to fully receive all that He has for me. Love our site!

Denise - Thanks for stopping by Trudy. I hope your weekend was wonderful.

Denise - Carly, if we only realized that we don’t always have to have the answers or feel like we have the strength. All we need is Him and then He provides. It is a lesson we must learn and relearn. Thanks for stopping by!

Denise - Barbie, I think we all camp here far too frequently. I know that I do. We want to have it “all” whatever that means and we too soon forgot that are all is found in Him alone. Thanks for walking this journey with me over cyberspace!

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Fringe or Fake

I read these words of John Paul Jackson today, “our wholeness depends on our closeness with the Creator.”  We will never, my friends, be whole until we allow the One who created us to define us.

As long as we seek to find our worth in the acceptance of people, things and statuses we will never find the fullness of the treasure we are to inherit.  We will forever be searching for the gold, silver and precious jewels of our destiny but settling for a few copper pennies instead.

Trinkets instead of treasures.

For we are all created to worship something and because of that innate desire we will find something to worship.  We fill our lives with baubles and noise.  Distractions will always steal the place of Truth.  We mistakenly place too much stock on what we know, who we know and what we can get.

Death is naked before God; Destruction lies uncovered.  He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing.  He wraps up the waters in his clouds, yet the clouds do not burst under their weight.  He covers the face of the full moon, spreading his clouds over it.  He marks out the horizon on the face of the waters for a boundary between light and darkness.  The pillars of the heavens quake, aghast at his rebuke.  By his power, he churned up the sea; by his wisdom he cut Rahab to pieces.  By his breath the skies became fair; his hand pierced the gliding serpent.  And these are but the outer fringe of his works; how faint the whisper we hear of him!  Who then can understand the thunder of his power!  (Job 26:6-14)

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I love to stand on the shore of the ocean.   As the waves crash along the coast, their rumbled power echoes through the million grains of sand and the lap of their reach causes me to sink deeper and deeper in.  This place, for me, is the outer fringe of the throne room.  In the distance where the earth falls into the horizon I believe He sits waiting, patiently.  Waiting for us to seek Him above all else.  Waiting for us to allow Him to call into existence the very truth of who He made us to be.

We live in the outer fringe of His work and look right past the beauty He has created.  He roars in the thunder and we hear only the faintest of whispers.

This may be all we get but truth be told, it is all we can take.

It is all we need.

Yet, we don’t seek the fringe and we don’t listen for the faint.

Do we fear it would never be enough?

We compete with each other rather than live to be the one He desires us to be.  We forgo our destiny for trinkets rather than laying hold of the treasure He has planned.

He has chosen our inheritance for us…(Psalm 47:4a)

It is good.  It is waiting.  It will always be more than enough.

The question we must ask ourselves is what are we choosing?

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