From the first day of Creation, when he created everything from nothing, God has been filling nothingness with his goodness. His very nature is to fill the emptiness with his fullness. He longs to satisfy us with himself. We read this in Psalm 81:10 “For it was I, the Lord your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt. Open your mouths wide, and I will fill it with good things.”
God kept his promise to fill the mouths of his people by sending Jesus. Mary recognized this, singing in her Magnificat, “He has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away with empty hands” (Luke 1: 53). John also understood that Jesus was the fullness of God sent in human flesh, a fuller and more complete revelation that had ever been revealed in the law or the prophets (John 1: 16-18).
No one who was around Jesus could miss the fact that he came to fill God’s people with good things. When the wine ran out at the wedding in Cana, Jesus had the pots filled with water and turned it into wine (John 2). When Peter’s nets were empty, he told the fisherman to let their nets down again and their nets filled up to the full (Luke 5:6). He multiplied food fit for a few to fill the hunger of thousands (John 6: 13).
The Apostle Paul tells us that Christ is not finished with his filling work, “God has put all things under the authority of Christ and has made him head over all things for the benefit of the church, who fills all things everywhere with himself” (Eph 1: 22-23). Paul continues in this respect by saying that Jesus ascended “so that he might fill the entire universe with himself” (Eph 4: 10).
During this time of isolation, there will be inevitably be times or aspects in our life that may begin to feel empty. Let us seek to fill those spaces with his goodness and his love. May we fill empty time with deeper conversation with our God. May we fill the empty spaces with a greater desire for his presence. May we seek to fill/replace feelings of emptiness with his Word and his promises. As we miss time with others, may we seek to share this incredible love with others by interceding for them and by offering kindness in ways that are possible. Jesus desires to fill us with good things and most importantly with Himself. Let us be filled.
Prayer: Jesus – My heart, my life, my whole being is empty if you do not fill me. I am opening my heart and mind wide, asking you to fill me with good things – your Word, your Spirit, your truth, your ways, your very life. Amen.
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