I used to hang around a guy who was always searching for something new. He was into many things. When he reached a place of boredom, he would move on to something else. Everything seemed to be short-lived. A week or so, this thing. A month or so, another thing. A new woman every few months or weeks, a new drug or a new drink, a new vehicle or a new person to cling to. A new job. New clothes. New shoes. Something to show off. Something to boast about.
My friend freely told everyone that he was an atheist. If anyone said anything about anything related to God, it would cause an explosion within him that would usually lead to a bunch of blasphemous words and a rant about religion. I don’t know how or what brought him to this place of passionate hate towards even the mention of God, but he had no problem expressing his feelings about it. We don’t hang out anymore. We had a falling-out and no longer speak to each other. The falling-out was not over differences in our beliefs. I think we just weren’t good for each other? Maybe the Lord had other plans for us?
I also used to have a hole that I desperately tried to fill with “stuff”. Blaise Pascal once wrote, “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.” You couldn’t tell my friend this. You couldn’t tell me this either at a point in my life.
Do you ever experience this place, a void, in your inner-most being, that is desperately looking for something or someone to fill it? I know not everyone is the same and my experience is being laughed at by some, but like myself, it took many different ways and people in this life to get me where I am today. God had a plan, and a way to get me to realize that the “void” would only be filled by Him.
In the Bible, 2 Corinthians chapter 5 verse 17 reads, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” In 1 John chapter 2 verses 11-17 it says, “ Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.” The heart of a man is incapable of being satisfied without renewal through the power of God, in Christ Jesus. When His Word says, “the new has come”, it means that the void IS FILLED! The Holy Spirit is now the One who can lead us through this horrible world that all of us struggle to make it in. When we accept the fact that we cannot do it alone, and allow Christ in, we have a renewal that is no longer able to be filled with “the things in the world”. Do you get it?
When you read my posts, I really want you to know that religion never changed me. A church building never changed me. In fact for me, both of those things kept me from really experiencing the Lord in the fullness I have come to understand. What did change me was Jesus. Study and meditating on His Word did. Allow Him to change you too. The “void” that you are experiencing can only be filled by a relationship with Him. The way to know Him is by reading His Word, prayer and allowing Him to renew your mind. Your heart. To allow God to fill the void. Allow His grace to fill you, so that “rivers of living water” may flow from your inner-most being! You deserve it, even though the world and others may tell you otherwise. Start reading the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. Find peace in Christ, and be whole.