Nature abhors a vacuumAccording to the ancient philosopher Aristotle, “Nature abhors a vacuum.” Aristotle’s conclusion was based on his observation that nature requires every space to be filled with something, even if that something is invisible, colourless, and odourless air.

From the humid climate of the tropics to the frigid atmosphere of higher latitudes, a garment of vegetation is seen.  Lichens and mosses grow without soil.  Tiny flowers and herbs spring from cracks in rocks. Beautiful white flowers grow deep in underground coal mines. Arid deserts produce magnificent flowers. Then there are fields of agriculture and giant forests and almost impenetrable jungles.

Nature abhors a vacuum.  God did NOT create the world to be empty. 

Isaiah 45:18
For this is what the Lord says –
He who created the heavens, He is God;
He who fashioned and made the earth, He founded it;
but formed it TO BE INHABITED –
He says: “I am the Lord, and there is no other”

God did not create the earth to be empty.  He created it to bear fruit . . . and God did not create US to be empty.  He created US to BEAR FRUIT.

Ephesians 2:10
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works,
which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

John 15:16
You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you,
that you should go and bear fruit.

Colossians 1:10
Walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him,
being fruitful in every good work.

Galatians 6:7-8
Do not be deceived, God is not mocked;
for whatever a man sows, he will also reap.
He who sows to the flesh will of the flesh reap corruption,
but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life

I must ask myself . . .
Am I fulfilling His purpose in my life?
Am I achieving the “good works” He prepared for me?
Am I “bearing fruit” in my life?
Am I “sowing to the flesh” or “sowing to the Spirit”?

James 4:17
Therefore, to him who knows to do good, and does not do it, to him it is sin.

Thinking further . . .  In Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, he speaks of being “filled with all the fullness of God”

Ephesians 3:19 (Amplified)
“that you may be filled through all your being

unto all the fullness of God –
that you may have the richest measure of the divine presence,
and become a body

Wow!  That means there is NO room for me – no ‘I, my, me, mine’ but completely filled with God Himself!

Is it possible?  It wouldn’t be in God’s Word if it wasn’t!

Colossians 3:2-3
Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
For YOU DIED, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

1 Corinthians 6:19-20
You are not your own, for you were bought with a price

2 Corinthians 5:17
If anyone is in Christ he is a new creation.
Old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

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About meetingintheclouds

I am Cloudwatcher, a 76 year old Christian lady, happily married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. We have five wonderful sons, all with at least one University degree and in top positions in their chosen fields. One son is still single but four have found perfect wives and they have given us five lovely grandchildren. I was born in England and while I'm proud of my English heritage, I am doubly proud to be a true-blue, fair-dinkum Aussie. My husband and I are committed Christians whose first priority is to love and serve our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. My life story will tell of my journey from abuse to peace. I suffered 22 years of abuse, being constantly told I was totally evil and an ugly freak: no one would ever want me, so I might as well do the world a favour and kill myself.
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  2. What a fun and beautiful blog you have here. Your desire to glorify God is abundantly evident, and I’ve no doubt that He is well pleased with you!

    May the Lord give an abundant harvest for your work here!

    In Christ,


    • Thank you Tami.
      We serve an incredibly amazing God who delights to bless His blood-bought, adopted children with the abundance of His blessings. What a privilege and a joy it is to know, love, and serve Him.


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  4. optimisticgladness says:

    I had a light bulb moment reading this tonight. Thank you!


  5. Hello Angela! Thanks so much for another teaching moment. Sometimes we forget that the primary duty of a Christian is making disciples for the Kingdom of God. I am so happy that there are people like you around who never cease to remind us of our godly duty.

    God blesses.


    • Thanks for the encouragement Noel. We are all called to reproduce, whether that is in the planting, watering, fertilising, reaping or nurturing – or all of them with different people – and what a privilege it is to have the omnipotent God working in us and through us to reach out to others!

      May we always be fruitful in His ministry.


  6. Debbie says:

    Wow, Mentor Angela! Thank you for showing us from His word, that we were made to be filled with HIM! That is exciting and good news! God bless you as your life is full of His purpose and good pleasure and the fruit such a life brings forth!


    • It is mind blowing isn’t it Debbie? To think that the perfect, omnipotent, creator God could inhabit us and completely fill us with Himself! What a privilege!

      I think of how I might feel if I gave a most expensive gift to someone – a gift that cost me dearly – and the gift was ignored. I would be soooooooo grieved. THAT is how God must feel when I ignore the gift of Himself: the gift of His abiding presence and His work in my life.


      • Debbie says:

        You teach me all the time, Angela. I was reading and thinking how would you feel if someone ignored a gift that cost you dearly. Then you said you would be so .. grieved. That word, grieved, brought tears to my eyes. Not upset or angry or vengeful or humiliated . .. but that deep sorrow of grief. Thank you so much for blessing me and always helping me grow in Jesus!


  7. Rob Barkman says:

    What a privilege it is to bear fruit for His honor and glory! It is the only way to enjoy a totally fulfilling life knowing that we are doing what He has created us to do. Lord bless you Angela.


    • Amen Rob. Being used by the omnipotent, creator God to bear fruit to His glory is the greatest privilege and joy. We know this is true, and yet all too often we neglect to use opportunities He gives to bear more fruit! How foolish we are! There is no doubt that when we completely submit to Him, allowing Him total control, we cannot be the loser.

      We serve an incredibly amazing God who has blessed us with every blessing in Christ, and is entitled to our all.


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