Running on Spiritual Emptiness



I was driving around with my kids one day, running errands, and I heard a “ding, ding, ding” sound.  I looked down to realize I was running on empty.  I needed to find a gas station and fuel up.  I figured I could make it to the next town without a problem.  I kept driving on empty, saying, “It’s just a few more miles…”


Well, as I kept driving the indicator gauge on my tank kept getting lower and lower.  I wondered how long I could really go before I ran out of gas.  I really tested it as my indicator stopped telling me how many miles I could go, and just read, “very low.”  I made it to the gas station and filled up more gas than I ever had before.  As I was filling up, the Lord put on my heart that our spiritual lives are similar to a car needing gas to run.  It can’t make it on it’s own without fuel, just like we can’t make it on our own or in our own strength very long before having to be refueled.


Without our daily dose of God’s word, we quickly become depleted and overwhelmed.  We try to make it in our own strength, but are quickly worn out and fail.  It is easy to get caught up in our daily schedules of things that need to be done and meeting the needs of our little ones…not to mention all the distractions that take our focus away from the Word.  We live a world today that has more electronics than ever before.  We are distracted by social media, emails, the Internet, cell phones, the latest TV shows, and games.   A.W. Tozer said over 45 years ago that, “Modern civilization is so complex as to make the devotional life all but impossible.”  AND that was before the internet, cell phones, and social media!!


How do we fit it all in?  We can’t.   We need to set our priorities in order, and keep ourselves accountable as to what we allow to rob our time!  We can only get so far on empty.  How do we expect to be a good example to our kids if we can’t even fill ourselves up?  How can we lead and teach when there is nothing in us to flow out?  How do we minister to others when we need ministering to ourselves?


What we do with our time is our choice.  What are you choosing today?  Are you allowing your time to get robbed by unnecessary things?  If you are feeling empty, fuel up!  Meet with the One that can make you whole again!  Getting in the Word is essential for our survival.  For if we don’t get it, we will find ourselves motionless on the side of the road waiting to be rescued.


Fill up first thing, and the Lord will take care of the rest. Let’s be like David, and have a plan to devote our mornings to the Lord.

“My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord.”    Psalm 5:3


Let your heart be filled and refreshed with the Living Water!  Remember that the things of this life are only temporary, and can only fill you for a time.  The Lord is eternal, the only One that can truly fill you.  John 7:37-38 says, “On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.  “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”  John 7:37-38


Psalm 62:8 says, “Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us.”  The Lord and His Word is always available for us to come and refuel.  Take the time and fill up.



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