Gap! A simple little 3 letter word with OH so much meaning!
1. Gap: an unfilled space or interval; a break in continuity
2. a difference, esp. an undesirable one between two views or situations
3. a break or hole in an object or between two objects
4. a pass or way through…
More examples of gap inundated my thinking. I thought about the gap in my zipper when my clothes are too tight, the gap of age differences between some of my friends, the gap of understanding or misunderstandings between generations, and the big gap of understanding scripture from a historical perspective that I often experience. There is also a gap of inability to accomplish tasks and often I need some one to fill it for me. Sometimes there is a gap in my schedule that allows me to do things for others or simply enjoy a quiet gap or interval of time.
How often do we try to take matters into our own hands, even thinking that we are doing good? There have been many times that I have chosen to fill in the gap or seek a substitute…without first praying! Yep, that’s when I find myself in a mess! We all need to practice discernment before we jump into situations.
But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.
Whoever is wise, let him understand these things; Whoever is discerning, let him know them. For the ways of the LORD are right, and the righteous will walk in them, But transgressors will stumble in them.
And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ;
- When I was out of time, the gap was filled.
- When I couldn’t physically handle something, the gap was filled.
- When I needed intellectual help, the gap was filled.
- When I couldn’t think any longer, the gap was filled.
- When I was emotionally spent, the gap was filled.
- When I was financially depleted, the gap was filled.
- When I was spiritually dry, the gap was filled and restoration took place.
- When I was so angry, and separated myself, the gap was filled.
- When I was hurt, the gap was filled.
- When I needed encouragement, the gap was filled.
- When I needed help, the gap was filled!
I could continue for hours…
The tears began to flood my eyes as God revealed His great love to me through remembering the beautiful sacrifice of the help given through others. They stood in the gap for me, because they loved me! I have sat in awe just thinking about it. God has always sent someone along and that “someone” simply responded to His nudging. It’s His great design for help meeting our need! He sends others! I think it’s interesting that even at the beginning of time, God provided Adam with Eve so that they could work together to help meet the need for one another (Genesis 2:18); each sorta standing in the gap for one another. We all have different gifts and have need one for another. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
I recognize God’s hand in the midst of each crisis and also have learned to recognize two messages that He often repeats throughout my life: Trust me! I am Faithful.
Then, my mind journeyed to the greatest gap ever; the one that separated me from God. The separation (gap) between eternal life and death and as I closed my eyes, I recalled the image of the cross bridging that tremendous gorge. Oh the great love of God! Toward me! Jesus…standing as the substitute…taking the payment and punishment for my sin. (1 Peter 3:18) He has bridged the gap for me!
Even when we don’t know how to pray or what to pray,
God has provided a way to fill the gap for that, too! The Holy Spirit! (Romans 8:26)
There is no generation gap with the Father. He has sent His son for all and He meets us where we are. As I recall more Biblical stories, He met everyone...man, woman, child, rich, poor, healthy, afflicted, those with great need and those who had it all (but Him). He met with kings and rulers, harlots and thieves. He has filled every gap!
Today I thank the Lord for His faithfulness in my life. I thank Him for the many opportunities to trust Him completely. I also thank Him for those whom He sends to help narrow the gap, fill the gap, brighten the gap and even bridge the gap! If you have been one of the many people in my life with whom I am referring, I am personally thanking you again…even now!
If you want to be blessed today, stop and think about the many ways that God has proved His faithfulness by providing “gap-fillers” in your life! Take a moment to thank them, it might bless and encourage them!
If you haven't stood in the gap for anyone lately, I encourage you to do so, just don't take matters into your own hands!
Luke 6:38 - Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye meet withal it shall be measured to you again.
Acts 20:35 - I have showed you all things, how that so laboring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
If you are needing someone to help fill the gap, remember...
Philippians 4:19 - But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
Ask what you will and the Father will send what you need!
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. "By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." John 13: 34, 35
Thanks be to God for His Marvelous Provisions,
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