Containers are designed to be filled, that is their created purpose. An empty jar is ready to be filled, but one filled to the brim can receive nothing more. These are not only facts about the things we use in life; they are also descriptions of each of us. We too, are created to be filled. My heart should be filled with love, my mind filled with wisdom, my mouth with words of life and my whole being filled with God’s Spirit. As with any container, if I am filled with the wrong stuff, I cannot receive anything else. So there is a reason I must continually be “emptied out”. If I pour out my heart before God He will fill it. If I dump unnecessary things from my mind it can receive fresh insight. Glorious LORD of the Sabbath, I empty myself before You this day. Pour into me the right stuff by Your infilling Presence.
“Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you give testimony in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd,” Exodus 23:2NIV. Geese fly in formation so they can draft off each other to make flying easier. People do the same. We have a natural tendency to simply follow the herd; it is easier to go with the flow of whatever is popular, faddish or commonly admired. The steep price of a drift-along-lifestyle is the failure to find your divinely created purpose. We are carefully knitted together by the Creator for His specific calling for each of us. We can never rise to God’s best by going along with the crowd. I must continually find that sweet spot of being WITH the crowd but not OF the crowd. Lord, protect me from wandering aimlessly and help me keep my pace in cadence with Yours. Teach me to be comfortable in the gaggle but to be willing to fly at the front of the formation.