Buckets of Blessing [Part 2]
By Alan Wright — January 24, 2019
Are you ready for some good news?
When you feel inwardly empty you don’t become less useful to God but more.
Today’s Text: “So she went from him and shut the door behind herself and her sons. And as she poured they brought the vessels to her. When the vessels were full, she said to her son, ‘Bring me another vessel.’ And he said to her, ‘There is not another.’ Then the oil stopped flowing.” (2 Kings 4:5–6, ESV)
When a widow reached out to the great prophet Elisha for help, she was desperate. She had a debt she couldn’t possibly pay. She faced the prospect of selling her two children as slaves to cover her debt. She had no kinsmen redeemer. Her future, like her soul, was empty.
And God worked a miracle to prove His power and delight in filling empty vessels.
Elisha instructed the poor widow to borrow jars from her neighbors and to pour out her one, precious jar of oil into the borrowed vessels. When she poured out her only possession, it miraculously multiplied. In fact, the oil didn’t stop flowing until there were no more empty vessels to receive it.
It is a picture of the grace of God and the oil of the Holy Spirit. Only the hungry eat. Only the thirsty drink. And only the empty are filled.
It means that your emptiness is your greatest qualification for the outpouring of God’s oil.
Charles Spurgeon put it poignantly:
“My Lord Jesus does not want your help. Abstain, resolve, repent, advance—do what you will. But do not join these poor things to His great salvation. Give up once and for all depending upon what you have done, even when you have done all—as an unprofitable servant quit all claims of wage and appeal to mercy only. Dismiss the proud notion of containing anything in yourself which comes of your fallen nature and yet can be acceptable with God. …Empty buckets are most fit for the well of grace—these shall be filled while the full ones stand idle at the well’s mouth” (from Charles Spurgeon, Sermon 2063, “The Filling of Empty Vessels”, 1889).
If you’re empty, you’re qualified for God’s best. God fills empty things with Himself. And that’s the Gospel!