The Emptying

 

The emptying.

“Suppose,” St. Augustine says, “God wanted to fill you with honey; if you are full of vinegar, where will you put the honey? The contents of the vessel will have to be thrown away, and the vessel will have to be washed immediately, painstakingly washed and scoured, so as to be fit to receive this mysterious gift.”

John Piper states, “God is most glorified when we are most satisfied in him.”

John testifies about Jesus by saying, He must become greater; I must become less.”

The apostle Paul stated, “God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: “Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”

It is possible that the greatest barrier to us enjoying the goodness of God is us. God allowing seasons of emptying could be the most beautiful and painful gift we can receive. The withering you are facing just might produce the fertile ground God may use to establish an eternal hope that far exceeds the potential of our previous desires.

If you are going through something really difficult, maybe instead of asking God to remove it, ask him to establish Himself—His eternal, unchanging, always faithful self.

2 thoughts on “The Emptying

  1. Mike, you always help us to see beyond ourselves and our circumstances..to call us higher and into a deeper relationship with Christ and others…thank you for the sweet reminder of God’s unconditional love and purpose for each of us….

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