“Until at last the Spirit is poured out on us from heaven. Then the wilderness will become a fertile field, and the fertile field will yield bountiful crops.” (Isaiah 32:15)
Dry and Lifeless?
Do you feel really dry in life? Like you don’t want to get out of bed some days, or you don’t have enough supply to meet all your demands? I know how you feel. Life can be really hard: People can drain and hurt us; and things definitely don’t always go the way we planned. This can all leave us dry and lifeless. But God wants to restore the dry places in your life and even give you even more vibrance than you have ever yet experienced. And He wants to start today.
That is what God wants to do with your life by the power of His Spirit. In the Bible, God’s Spirit is described as oil: “So as David stood there among his brothers, Samuel took the flask of olive oil he had brought and anointed David with the oil. And the Spirit of the LORD came powerfully upon David from that day on.” (1 Samuel 16:13) Think of the powerful properties of oil: it heals wounds, makes anything taste better, and get things unstuck, to name a few. If you are wounded, God wants to heal you. If you are lifeless, God wants to bring back the flavor. And if you feel “stuck”, God wants to pour out His Spirit on you and get you free. Just like with David, God wants to anoint you today and let you experience the life-giving power of the oil of His Spirit.
Back from the Dead
Let’s read this story of a widow who had nothing left, because I believe God wants to do something similar in your life:
“One day the widow of a member of the group of prophets came to Elisha and cried out, ‘My husband who served you is dead, and you know how he feared the Lord. But now a creditor has come, threatening to take my two sons as slaves.’ ‘What can I do to help you?’ Elisha asked. ‘Tell me, what do you have in the house?’ ‘Nothing at all, except a flask of olive oil,’ she replied. And Elisha said, ‘Borrow as many empty jars as you can from your friends and neighbors. Then go into your house with your sons and shut the door behind you. Pour olive oil from your flask into the jars, setting each one aside when it is filled.’ So she did as she was told. Her sons kept bringing jars to her, and she filled one after another. Soon every container was full to the brim! ‘Bring me another jar,’ she said to one of her sons. ‘There aren’t any more!’ he told her. And then the olive oil stopped flowing. When she told the man of God what had happened, he said to her, ‘Now sell the olive oil and pay your debts, and you and your sons can live on what is left over.'” (2 Kings 4:1-7)
There is no limit to God’s Spirit, and He wants to pour it into every dry crevice of your life—starting today. I want you to imagine each dry area of your life as an empty jar. Line the jars up in your mind and label each one. Maybe one is labeled family; one future; one health; one past memories; so on and so forth. Just like the widow, you can have as many jars filled as you can find. Now I want you to imagine the Lord God Himself filling each jar to the brim with the oil of His Holy Spirit, so much so that they are overflowing. “You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings.” (Psalm 23:5)
Bring Your Jars
That’s what He wants to do for you starting today. He wants you to bring Him every jar of your life—no matter if they have always been empty—to be filled with the oil of His Spirit. Your dry relationships, sick body, tired spirit, and dried-up dreams: He wants to nourish them all, giving them flavor and life—just like a dry piece of bread soaked in olive oil. When you bring your jars to the Lord to fill, here are some of the things that will happen:
You will have new vision: “Then, after doing all those things, I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions.” (Joel 2:28)
Your depression will turn to joy: “To all who mourn in Israel, He will give a crown of beauty for ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair.” (Isaiah 61:3)
You will be able to obey God better: “And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.” (Ezekiel 36:27)
You will experience God in a closer way: “‘I will no longer hide my face from them, for I will pour out my Spirit on the house of Israel,’ declares the Sovereign Lord.” (Ezekiel 39:29)