See a Need, Fill a Need

by Joanna Pierce on September 27, 2017

Every time I take any personality or aptitude assessment—such as Myers-Briggs, PACE Palette, or one very similar—I always get the same results. No matter my age, they’re all the same. The one quality that makes the top of the list each time is the analytical quality of problem-solver.

An analytical brain (or an aptitude for problem-solving) has always been a beneficial skill for me in the workforce. On countless occasions, I’ve overheard a problem a colleague is having. Sometimes, they don’t know how to fix their problem, know how to fix it cost-effectively, or in some cases, they don’t even know they have a problem—and don’t we all run into this from time to time!

God has not only given me the ability to see these problems, but the skillset to fix some of them and/or come up with a solution. God will help me build a tool within a particular platform and in doing so help people save countless hours in a business process. Jesus helps me see a gap and gives me the ability to help fill it.

The truth is, I’m not different from anyone else on this earth in this respect. God has blessed every single one of us with different giftings and abilities to help in this world. This is a business example, but it also applies in God’s church. There are many great examples of this in Scripture.

And the priests waited on their offices: the Levites also with instruments of musick of the LORD, which David the king had made to praise the LORD, because his mercy endureth for ever, when David praised by their ministry; and the priests sounded trumpets before them, and all Israel stood (II Chronicles 7:6, KJV).

King David is one of my favorite men in the Bible. He was a man of strategy, war, faith, and an immense love for God. And, true to this character-study, when he saw a gap, he filled it!

David saw the awesome responsibility and privilege he had to worship and praise the Lord. However, there weren’t many musical instruments to do so. With the Lord’s help, David created and furbished musical instruments to be used in worship. It’s not just mentioned once in Scripture, but many times throughout the Old Testament. And, even after David was long gone, people were still using the instruments he made to praise the Lord!

Raymond Woodward, pastor of Capital Community Church in Fredericton, New Brunswick, has coined a particular saying. If you see a gap, God has most likely gifted you with the ability to fill it.

King David may have been taken aback at first at the concept of making a musical instrument. But, he soon realized if he noticed a gap, God had given him the gifting and ability to fill it. We don’t know a lot of details around what types of instruments he made, how long it took him, or if he struggled at all. The end of the story is what we see—David made musical instruments used to praise God.

It’s important we all realize God isn’t going to put us forth in this world without giving us the ability to succeed. He doesn’t create any of us for a particular purpose and then leave us to figure it out. If God’s opened up our eyes to a gap in His Kingdom, placed a burden on our hearts, or spoken to us in prayer, He’s going to help us complete the work and bless our hands to do it.

Take a look around you today. Do you see any gaps? Is there a ministry missing in your church? Are their people you see every day that have never heard the Gospel message? Is there a leaky sink that needs to be fixed? If God has opened your eyes to a need, you might just be the one who’s going to fill it.