The Place of Nothingness
As I look back over the last 14 years of walking with the Lord, my life is filled with mountain top and valley experiences. The early days of ministry were new, exciting and a fresh experience for us and those we ministered to in the drag racing community. As the economy took it’s toll on the racing groups we worked with, it also prompted a change in our ministry. We went from hosting chapel services at nearly 70 events a year to just a handful.
At one point I thought the Lord was going to have us stop ministering at the track all together. That was not the case. Instead of the direct ministry of a pulpit, He has moved us to individual contact through our work. Will this be the final destination for the ministry, doubtful. The Lord is constantly molding our lives to meet His needs and to fulfill the work He has for us while we are in this world. We must embrace the journey, there is much to be learned along the road called life.
If you find yourself in a place of waiting for the Lord, then be about His business as you work and play in life. He has not forsaken you nor will He leave you even if for now you feel completely alone. Remember what Paul said in Romans 8:28, And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
The Place of Nothingness
TGIF Today God Is First Volume 2 by Os Hillman
“Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10) .
Do you find yourself in a place of nothingness? There is a time and place in our walk with God in which He sets us in a place of isolation and waiting. It is a place in which all past experiences are of no value. It is a time of such stillness that it can disturb the most faithful if we do not understand that He is the one who has brought us to this place for only a season. It is as if God has placed a wall around us. No new opportunities – simply inactivity.
During these times, God is calling us aside to fashion something new in us. It is a place of nothingness designed to call us to deeper roots of prayer and faith. It is not a comfortable place, especially for a task-driven workplace believer. Our nature cries out, “You must do something” while God is saying, “Be still and know that I am God.” You know the signs that you have been brought into this place when He has removed many things from your life and you can’t seem to change anything. Perhaps you are unemployed. Perhaps you are laid up with an illness.
Many people live a very planned and orchestrated life where they know almost everything that will happen. But for people in whom God is performing a deeper work, He brings them into a time of quietness that seems almost eerie. They cannot see what God is doing. They just know that He is doing a work that cannot be explained to themselves or to others.
Has God brought you to a place of nothingness? Be still and know that He really is God. When this happens, your nothingness will be turned into something you will value for the rest of your life.