I love the Jackson Browne Song “Running on Empty.” Great slide guitar. The song says:
|Adrift in a sea of hopelessness?
Running on – running on empty
Running on – running blind
Running on – running into the sun
But I’m running behind
We all feel like that at time. Running on empty – burned out, battered and bruised. Adrift in a sea of hopelessness.
Running blind – no idea what lays ahead, no idea what’s around the bend.
Running behind – most folks today would agree with that more days than not.
Elisha met a lady running on empty. Husband died, bills piled high, creditors knocking on the door and demanding money or her sons to be sold into slavery to pay the debt. She was out of resources, out of luck, and empty.
Elisha does a pretty simple miracle. Tells her to collect empty jars, and pour the oil from her one and only jar, into the empty ones. She does that and the oil keeps flowing flowing until all the empty jars are filled. Then he tells her to sell it all, pay her debts, live off the rest. Remarkable.
God filled the empty jars.
Didn’t matter what kind of jar:
peanut butter jar
jar with no abrasions
jar with lots of scars
Any old jar will do.
What matters is, at the end of the day, God filled each jar with a valuable treasure.
2 Kings 4:7 says She came and told the man of God (that they were full) and he said, “Go, sell the oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on the rest.”
I like that. And I like that it’s chapter 4, verse 7.
Because on the other side of the Bible, there’s a chapter
7 that is so parallel you’d think God was in control of all things. It’s 2 Cor. 4:7, and it says: But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.
“Jars of clay” – you and me.
“Treasure” – the power of Christ within us.
God will fill any empty jar. Including you and me.
Doesn’t matter what kind of jar (person):
Lots of scars
Here’s the payoff: Any old jar will do.
What matters is, at the end of the day, God will fill any jar, any person that is empty, with the power of Christ.
That means you.
I absolutely LOVE that about God! He is so gracious, so good, so remarkable!
Running on empty? Empty is a good place to be. It gives God a great space to fill. Ask Christ to daily fill the empty places, the places of hopelessness. And trust and believe, that this day, He will do just that.