Many of you who are reading this post also receive my sister Peggy’s devotionals via email subscription (www.livinlively.com). Through our ministry together with HopeWalking, we have commited to taking turns in writing posts on a weekly basis throughout the year for our readers; she writes one week, and then I write one week, and so on.
Peggy and I were commenting on the phone the other day about how we occasionally experience writer’s block with these posts. We both ageed that our individual statement/plea when this happens becomes, “Okay God, I got nothin’…”. We laughed together, saying that’s when we should look up the word nothing in the back of our bibles and just go with it.
And so this morning, it’s my turn to write. And because there is nothing in my head, I looked up nothing in the bible…
I now know there are 72 verses in my concordance that mention nothing. I jotted down a dozen or so of these, and wish I could write about each one (see the photo and choose some to look up if they intrigue you). These are the ones I picked in order to portray the gospel story:
For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. Romans 7:18
…Christ Jesus, who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made Himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. Philippians 2:5-7
We know that our old self was crucified with Him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin. Romans 6:6
…apart fom Me you can do nothing. John 15:5
For truly, I say to you, if you have faith like a grain of mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,’ and it will move, and nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20
Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 25-26
Wow. I am so full of nothing right now that … my cup overflows. Psalm 23:5
So it is with a full heart at the finish of this post that I can sincerely say, Thank You God for giving me nothing. Amen