“As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing, as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things” (II Corinthians 6:10).
Isn’t it amazing how completely opposite living in the Kingdom of God is compared to the thinking of most living within this present economy? It proves that which Jesus spoke to Pontius Pilate, “My Kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36a).
How on earth is it possible to be sorrowful, yet always rejoicing? To be poor, yet make many rich? To have nothing, yet possess all things? Well, in the earth realm this is impossible; but, in the Kingdom of God all things are possible.
The spiritually wise and discerning know exactly that which the Apostle was saying. It is no mystery to them. This is the beautiful wonder of Life in the Spirit. In that marvelous realm you see, experience and enjoy a life of constant contradictions that absolutely confound the counsel of this world. “Where is the wise? Where is the Scribe? Where is the disputer of this world? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this cosmos?” (I Corinthians 1:20).
The Wonder of Nothing: “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God; so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear” (Hebrews 11:3). Ex Nihilo: from or out of nothing. Oh, the wonder of God and the power of our Creator. The songwriters Byrd and Hindalong gave us the lyrics to this familiar hymn of worship: “God of wonders beyond our Galaxy. You are holy, holy. The universe declares your Majesty. Lord of heaven and earth”.
Of course, we are writing of the things concerning faith, “The substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). That intangible little word, faith, is a substance, a foundation, a support, an assurance, a confidence that destroys doubt and unbelief and incredulity. What a wonderfully powerful word faith is. Yet, it is also the evidence of things not seen. It is the proof, conviction and convincing invisible testimony to the truth.
The Apostle in his Epistle to the Romans wrote: “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; because that which may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For the invisible things of Him from the Creation of the World are clearly seen being understood by the things that are made, even His Eternal Power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse” (Romans 1:18-20).
There is a wonder in apparent nothingness; indeed, a splendor. Yet, there is a world of invisible activities and actions that go unnoticed, except to the discerning. One said to another, “What are you doing?” To which the reply came, “Nothing”. Yet, within that “nothing” was a whole world of action and activity: a heart was beating, lungs were breathing, a body was sitting, standing or walking around; a mind was thinking, emotions were feeling sadness, joy, anxiety, fear or numbness. The wonder of it all. As you live out your days, do not miss out on the wonder of nothing. If you do, you will miss out on a whole world of creative activities where God dwells.
“He stretches out the North over the empty place, and hangs the earth upon nothing” (Job 26:7).