But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9, NIV)
Instead of promises that end up being empty and void of their reward; God surprises in what can seem and look quite empty and void of hope. In a world and culture where things are over promised and yet found to be illusive in their satisfying ability; God promises become a truth that will always sustain and satisfy us. God comes in what seems empty and void of hope to bring us the tremendous and priceless gifts of His grace and love. He comes in loss with His presence.
He comes in the broken to heal. God comes when His promises seem impossible in the empty and void with His steadfast love to uphold us and His mighty power to deliver us.
There is something quite powerful in God’s coming to His children in empty places, void of even the smallest amounts of promise. We tend to delight in God’s blessings of joy, provision and abundance but seldom recognize or acknowledge the greater importance of the reversal He brings when things are empty and hopelessly void of promise. God created life itself on this earth in the empty and void and He certainly will create new in the empty of all loss and the void of all uncertainty.
It is at the empty cross, we find forgiveness and grace. At the empty tomb, we find eternal life and victory over death. In the empty Easter clothes left behind by the Risen Lord, we find the gift of the Holy Spirit. In the empty places in our life, lacking in hope … we often find the wings of God which can lift us up to hope again and His hands which redeem us by His love and provide for our every need and healing.
The guarantee and surety of our Savior coming in the empty places where the void is glaring and hopelessly bleak, is truly remarkable and incredible. God comes because His steadfast love endures forever and He will always deliver grace sufficient for each and every void we may find in our lives. Rejoice … your Savior delights in coming in the empty and seemingly void of promise. He will come.
For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. (Psalm 100:5, NIV)
Suggested Reading … Psalm 100