A Blank Only God Can Fill
Here’s a time-tested maxim: ‘The heart is a God-shaped blank, and only God can fill it.’
In Through the Valley of the Kwai: From Death-Camp Despair to Spiritual Triumph, Ernest Gordon writes about American soldiers who were captured, tortured and starved by the Japanese in the Malay Peninsula in World War II. As a result they started acting like animals, clawing, fighting, and stealing food (think The Walking Dead apocalypse).
In an effort to turn things around, the group decided to start reading the New Testament. And as Gordon read it to them they were converted to Christ, and this community of animals was transformed into a community of love. That’s because God lives in Jesus, and Jesus is willing to live in the hearts of those who trust Him. He offers joy, peace, a transformed life, and assurance of eternal life to all those who place their trust in His atoning death.
So what are you using to try to fill the void in your life?
Physical intimacy and sex?
The pursuit of intellectual growth?
You may as well give it up now—it won’t work! Paul explained it like this to the philosophers in Athens: ‘…God…made the world and everything in it…He…gives life…to everything…He satisfies every need…His purpose was [that we should] seek after God…feel [our] way towards Him and find Him—though He is not far from…us. For in Him we live and move and exist…’ (vv 24-28 NLT).
In the words of the time-honored hymn: ‘Now none but Christ can satisfy; none other name for me. There’s love, and life, and lasting joy, Lord Jesus, found in Thee.’
‘…in Him we live and move and exist…’ Acts 17:28 NLT
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
2 Chronicles 15 &16:9 & Jeremiah 29:13
the Lord is with you while you are with him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you! They were broken in pieces for God was troubling them with every sort of distress. But you, take courage! Do not let your hands be weak, for your work will be rewarded. They entered into a covenant to seek the Lord with all their heart & all their soul they had sworn with all their heart & had sought him with their whole desire, & he was found by them! For the eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him! You will seek me & find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you!
Do not let your hands be weak! God is looking to see if your heart is fully committed to Him! He is always faithful to His word! He rewards those who earnestly seek Him! Enter into a covenant to seek Him with all your heart & soul today & He will be found by you! He longs for you to know His love! Seek him today! Never delay!