Featured in the June, 2015 Issue of the Ashburn Baptist News
A vacuum is nothing, and yet very useful.
We have all kept drinks hot or cold in a vacuum bottle. Who has not enjoyed a lemonade by creating a vacuum in a straw and sipping the refreshing drink.
In 1899, John Thurman got a patent for a machine that makes nothing, and we are all indebted to him for the vacuum cleaners we use in our homes. A vacuum is nothing and we have discovered that nothing is very valuable.
Nothing is emptiness and emptiness has all sorts of possibilities. Look what God did with empty space—-the sun, the moon, the stars and our planet. The empty stomachs of the multitude were an occasion for a notable miracle performed by Christ.
Emptiness is very valuable. The empty space of a warehouse can be rented. An empty store can be filled with customers. An empty classroom can be occupied by students. An empty church building can be filled with worshiping people. An empty pocket can be stuffed with money. An empty bus can be loaded with passengers.
Empty ground can be planted and a harvest reaped. A truly empty head has no prejudices and is waiting to be filled with facts and sound judgement.
An empty life can be filled with the Lord Jesus Christ.
Nothing is something. Emptiness is always an opportunity.
God delights in a vacuum. God is an expert on emptiness. It was He who “stretched out the north over the empty place and hung the earth upon nothing” (Job 26:7).
If He knows how to beautify the emptiness of such vast spaces, He surely knows what to do with the emptiness of your life.
The empty pitchers of Gideon’s soldiers were used to conceal their oil lamps as they approached the enemy. Then, at the signal the lamps were held high as the clay pitchers were broken on the rocks. The sudden sight of the blazing lamps and the sound of the shattering pitchers confused and terrorized the enemy, giving the victory to Gideon and his three hundred. And all this came out of emptiness!
The impoverished widow (II Kings 4:1-7) was told by Elisha to borrow “empty vessels”. So, she went out borrowing from her neighbors; pots, pans, and jars, until the floor of her home was covered with these empty containers. The Lord miraculously filled them with olive oil which she promptly sold to pay her debts. Again, we see that nothing is something.
Start looking for the nothings in your life. Take an inventory of the emptiness that you own. Then, shake up your mind and see what can be done.
An empty shelf can be filled with good books. An empty pan can soon hold a freshly baked cake. An empty garage can be rented. An empty chair at your table can be occupied by an exciting and edifying dinner guest.
Empty time can be filled with good works. An empty space in your car can be used to bring someone to the Lord’s house on His day. Pray to the Lord for wisdom that you may learn how to make something out of the nothingness that you find in your life. There probably is not any kind of nothing that can’t be turned into something.
Vast sums of money are spent to purchase thousands of vacuum pumps that are designed to produce nothing. Yet, when we find we have nothing, we think it is a liability. Invariably, nothing is an asset that we have not yet learned how to use.
Thousands of drills are sold so that matter can be removed to make a hole. A hole is nothing! There is no human being no matter how intelligent who has yet thought of all the things that can be done with holes. Every hole can be put to some useful purpose. So, again we see that nothing is something and is valuable.
God’s chief interest is empty people. He is looking for empty lives that want to be filed. He is looking for nothing people to make something out of them. God is ready to give us more than we have empty space to hold. David should have had two empty cups, but having only one, he exclaimed, “My cup runs over” (Psalm 23:5). Our problem is we don’t have enough emptiness. For tithing, people God promises a blessing “that there shall not be room enough to receive it” (Malachi 3:10).
The Lord is looking for believers who have been emptied of their selfishness so that they can be “filled with the Spirit” (Ephesians 5:18). He is looking for people emptied of their stubbornness so they may be “filled with the knowledge of His will” (Colossians 1:9).
It is only empty people that can experience “the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13).