When we see a need, do we rush to fill it or do we let God do it? The odd sounding Principle of VOID actually reveals how to carry out God’s Will. I’ve been in this situation and perhaps you too. We see a need and our first instinct is to run to fill it. Often the more compassionate the story or need the more drawn we feel to step in.
In time, along the Journey of Faith, you learn that you cannot meet the needs of everyone, only God can. We must understand that God has a master plan to meet people’s needs, to reach out to others and to add to his Kingdom. Our role in God’s master plan is to be always listening to God and doing what he specifically wants us to do. I guess you can think of it like an air traffic control system, how chaos would rule the skies if nobody every listened to the controller.
The Principle of VOID can be stated this way: If we chose to rush in to fill a role in ministry work, to meet a need, or to fill a void that has been left vacant – if we are not the one that God has chosen to fill that void then we have become a stumbling block to the person God did choose. The person who God has been working on to step up and meet that need, they could now say, ‘Oh well, that vacancy or need has been met. I must have been wrong about what God asking me to do.’ Then they could walk away – never stepping into God’s Will in that specific area. No matter how hard it would make us feel leaving that need unmet, in general that VOID needs to remain unfilled as a prompting for that person to obey what God told them to do.
How often have we seen this in very ‘program’ oriented churches? Leaders who remain focused on filling a position to support their church program. Instead, it should be one of our primary duties to help each follower of Jesus (Y’shua) discover how God wants them to minister to others and to help and encourage them in their first steps in doing so.