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A Lesson From God on Nothing

Updated on March 8, 2014
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Have you ever wondered how many times you've been engaged in conversation, actively listening, hearing every word that is spoken; and, yet, somehow misinterpret what was said? Let me show you how easy it is. This is a real account of a dialogue this morning between me and the Holy Spirit.

Me: So, what are we going to write about today on HP?

Holy Spirit: Nothing.

Me: Okay, so I guess I don't have to come up with anything to write about today.

Holy Spirit: I didn't say that. I said write about 'nothing '.

That clarity really took me aback. A few more seconds passed before I was able to process Holy Spirit's unexpected answer! How many times before have I misinterpreted God's instructions to me? I thought He was saying to write nothing today; but what He was actually saying was write about nothing. What is the significance of writing about nothing, I wondered to myself. Instantly God revealed how our perspective of nothing is often associated with idleness, lack, or boredom. Proverbs 13:4 "The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing : but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat."

What happens when we trust God with our nothing? Is it possible that He sees nothing differently than we do?

God uses the word nothing to emphasize His sovereignty, divine providence, love, and faithfulness to His people. For with God, nothing shall be impossible. (Luke 1:37) Without God, we can do nothing (John 15:5). He wants us to understand this and know that nothing is nothing without Him. But with Him, all things are possible.

In Genesis 2:7, God reminded Israel how He was with them during their 40 years of wandering in the wilderness providing for their every need so that they lacked nothing. We can only imagine how differently their outcome might have been had God not been with them.

Jesus, in Matthew 17:20, tells His disciples that nothing is impossible for them if they have faith as a grain of mustard seed.

When God speaks to us in conversation:

  • be prayerful about what He is really saying if He does not give an immediate revelation.
  • pray and ask Him for revelation, wisdom, and discernment. Without these gifts, it is so easy to hear and possibly misinterpret what He is saying.
  • obey Him in faith and allow Him to use us for His glory.

So, rather than writing nothing today; I have just finished writing an article about nothing.

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      You are indeed a good writer!!

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      YvetteParker 6 years ago from AUGUSTA, GA

      Audrey, I'm deeply humbled by your compliment! Thank you! It's all for the glory of God!

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      Audrey Howitt 6 years ago from California

      You write so well Yvette--a pleasure to read!

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      YvetteParker 6 years ago from AUGUSTA, GA

      Thanks, April. It is pretty cool how nothing is nothing until it's placed in the hands of God, then it becomes everything!!

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      April Reynolds 6 years ago from Arizona

      This is an awesome hub about "nothing" Yvette! How true, God's perspective is so different than ours. I like Rhemajoy's comment that God made everything out of nothing. Amazing!

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      rhemajoy 6 years ago from Alabama, USA

      The crazy things we do as Christians! Isn't it amazing that we understand when God talks to us! People think we are crazy and they miss out!

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      YvetteParker 6 years ago from AUGUSTA, GA

      Can't wait to read it!One of my friend's had a similar experience. She trhough out something and God had her to go back the next day and dig it out the dumpster. She lives in an apt complex and NO ONE had emptied their trash from the time she emptied hers and God sent her back to retrieve it!!

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      rhemajoy 6 years ago from Alabama, USA

      Well, then, you are just the kind of person I want to hang out with! I can relate to you...and it's rare that I find somebody I can truly relate to! LOL. I wrote a blog that I will post here at some point. I think I will call it...He Spoke from the Garbage Can. It's about how God used my taking out the trash to speak to me about my life. Man, this is exactly the kind of stuff God asks me to write about!

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      YvetteParker 6 years ago from AUGUSTA, GA

      Thanks, Rhemajoy!! I'm bonkers too, and striving for bonkers to the nth degree when it comes to hearing the Father's voice!!!

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      rhemajoy 6 years ago from Alabama, USA

      Yvette, Here is a big nothing....it's what He created everything FROM! Great post! I love it! I love that you are so sensitive to the still small voice of the Spirit. People who don't understand think people like us are crazy...if that's the definition of crazy...then I will not argue. I am bonkers!

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