[CF Devotionals] 2005-12-10 - Half and Half

Hey Friends,

I am was listening to a Christian radio broadcast recently, and I heard the speaker mention the "Cup half empty, Cup half full" tool to determine if one is a pessimist or optimist. If the cup is half empty, you're a pessimist. If it's half full, then you're an optimist.

The speaker said that as Christians we should be optimists. Well I've come to the understanding that the glass is neither half empty nor half full. When I explained this to a friend recently, he said that I'm a realist. However, I don't call myself a realist. I have a different word.

Is the cup half empty or half full?

To answer this question, you half to determine what's in the cup. Lets say it's filled or drained to the halfway point with water. The question remains the same: Is it half empty or half full?

God being Creator, we know that he created water for drinking, and He also created air for breathing. We cannot see the air, but it is there - because we are breathing it - unless we are dead, of course.

In John 3:8, Jesus describes the wind as an analogy to those who are born again.

John 3:8 "The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit."

So I tell you by faith in God that the cup is never half empty, or half full. It is in fact always 100% percent full, unless it is placed in a complete vacuum, such as in outer space, or a vacuum chamber. In that vase, it's completely void or empty.

I believe this because God is not a God of half. He's a God who's full and is total love.

God didn't love half of the world; He loved the whole world. As the song says, "he's got the whole world in His hands." He didn't give just half of His Son to pay for our sin debt. He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus didn't take of the lashings and let someone else take the rest. He took them all. He didn't spill half of His blood for our sin debt. He spilled it all. He didn't come down from the cross and save Himself. He died for you and me.

When I repented of my sins, and turned to faith in Christ as my only Lord and Savior, He didn't save half of me! He saved all of me! He didn't pay for half of my sins; He paid for all of my sins.

My cup overflows and is never empty in any way. He is Jehovah - Jireh - The Lord will provide. I may not be rich with money, but I am rich in Christ, and He provides "Half my needs!" No, He provides for "all my needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19

My friend called my a realist; I tend to call myself a man of faith in Jesus Christ. :-) I pray and hope that you do, too.

In Christ,

[email rob] rob@cfdevotionals.org

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