I find it funny that when I’m feeling empty and dissatisfied, my gut reaction is not to run to Jesus, though I know full well that He is the only one who can satisfy me.
“What else does this craving, and this helplessness, proclaim but that there was once in man a true happiness, of which all that now remains is the empty print and trace? This he tries in vain to fill with everything around him, seeking in things that are not there the help he cannot find in those that are, though none can help, since this infinite abyss can be filled only with an infinite and immutable object; in other words by God himself.” – Blaise Pascal
The Lord broke my heart when I first heard someone speak of the God-shaped void. I realized that I was guilty of trying to fill it with all sorts of people and things, instead of asking for it to be filled by the One who made it. Now, by the grace of God, I know better.
“Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water … Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”– John 4:10, 12-14
And yet, even though I know all this like I know the back of my hand – running to Christ to satisfy me with living water is generally not my initial reaction to discontent. Forgive me, Lord. Change me to the uttermost, in my unpremeditated parts.
Where do you look to be filled when you’re feeling unsatisfied and empty?
Music: Switchfoot – “Let That Be Enough”