Then he said, “Go, borrow containers from all your neighbors, empty containers—and not just a few. Then you shall go in and shut the door behind you and your sons, and pour out [the oil you have] into all these containers, and you shall set aside each one when it is full.” So she left him and shut the door behind her and her sons; they were bringing her the containers as she poured [the oil]. When the containers were all full, she said to her son, “Bring me another container.” And he said to her, “There is not a one left.” Then the oil stopped [multiplying].
2 Kings 4: 3-6 AMP
In the Book of Kings, we see the power of emptiness/hunger. The oil flow continued until they were out of empty vessels. The oil flow was not dependent on how many containers were full but on the number of empty ones. Our Father does not regulate His revelations to us. He does not reduce the flow to us out of concern we would get too much. His outpouring ceases when we cease to be empty.
For the next few days, I am going to help us to identify signs of spiritual complacency so we can stamp out any of its manifestation in our lives.
Lack of anticipation
To Anticipate: look forward to
O God, You are my God, earnestly will I seek You; my inner self thirsts for You, my flesh longs and is faint for You, in a dry and weary land where no water is. So I have looked upon You in the sanctuary to see Your power and Your glory.
Psalm 63: 1- 2 NKJV
Anticipation is one of the foundational expressions of hunger (passionate desire). Where there is no active anticipation, we can safely conclude that there is no hunger.
When we strongly desire something, we look forward to receiving (or having) it. Subconsciously, we build our lives (actions and thoughts) around it.
Picture how a child that loves animals would react to the promise of a visit to the zoo. Every other day is a countdown to the day of the visit to the zoo. Now swap a visit to the zoo for a visit to the dentist and the reaction changes. Why? Desire!
Hunger produces Anticipation. Anticipation governs and regulates our actions, and our actions determine our results.
When they said, “Let’s go to the house of God,” my heart leaped for joy. And now we’re here, O Jerusalem, inside Jerusalem’s walls!
Psalm 122 : 1 - 2 MSG
Are we like David who was glad to go into the house of God, or do we fellowship with God because that's what Christians do?
Do you look forward to spending time with God or is fellowship an afterthought? What is your attitude to the study of the Word or things of the Kingdom?
You can always measure your hunger by your level of anticipation.
Are you hungry or complacent?
* Psalm 62: 5