At first glance, you might assume I’ve mis-written this title; but lately, God has been impressing on my heart the need to feel the void rather than fill the void. It is His job to fill the void and to meet my needs–both physical and emotional. There are certain thirsts and gaps that are necessary so that He can satisfy and make a way. Charles Spurgeon once preached a sermon where he stated that he wished he could go back to the time at the beginning of a desperate and impossible situation-a time of great need- so that he could once again see the unfolding of God’s miraculous supplying. As I stand at the start of the path that leads down to the valley and as God calls me to FEEL the voids in my life, I try to keep this in mind.
Thus says the Lord your God:
“When the poor and needy seek water,and there is none,and their tongue is parched with thirst, I the LORD will answer them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them.
I will open rivers on the bare heights,and fountains in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water…
So that all may see and know,all may consider and understand,that the hand of the LORD has done this,the Holy One of Israel has created it.”
The road to God’s provision begins with being poor, needy, and thirsty. There is a necessary thirst– a necessary withholding of riches, satisfaction, and “drink”. This void must be felt in order so that He can fill it and so that we will see, know, and consider & understand God’s merciful, loving, complete, fulfillment of ALL our needs. Today I am going to look at the first of these starting point states – the necessity to be poor.
By most definitions, being poor is related to that of monetary needs. God has called for us to live fasted per the sermon on the mount. We are to know what it means to be stretched to the end of our finances to a place where only dependence on God will pull us through. Think of the widow that gave the last of the little money she had in comparison to the rich man who gave most likely his ten percent. The widow felt the ‘stretch’ while the rich man did not. The rich man could have also felt this stretch, but he chose to give only the minimum requirement. To be poor means to feel the burden so that our reliance and trust in God might be increased and strengthened. God wants us to feel this pinch so that we will cry out to Him. He may even want you in a place where making due is an impossibility. (You know this place where the right side of the equation, money owed, is greater than the left).
Many times, God’s calling and instruction includes an impossible procurement of finances. When we are obedient to his instruction, we choose to have faith/trust that he will also supply these financial means. We have to take a leap of faith to start down the path of the impossible, at best improbable. It is in these impossible moments that God’s provision shines, and His omnipotence is confirmed.
The void of being poor is one that is hard-felt by most Americans. In 3rd world countries, poverty is the rule rather than the exception. But here in the good ol’ U S of A, I sort of freak when I don’t have the money to fund my latte habit. Yeesh! After tithing, my remainder is still most than families around the world; yet, giving my tithe is still stretching for me. When it comes down to it, the financial void is most likely the least painful. Oscar Wilde once asked, “Who being loved, is poor?” The next place that God is calling me to feel the void is our emotional needs.