Just some early morning thoughts from me to you…
“Then the Lord appeared to Solomon in the night and said to him…
’if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.’”
II Chronicles 7: 12a, 14 (ESV)
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”
John 3: 16-17 (ESV)
You know what?
I think God said it just right in those passages of Scripture above.
But just so He remembers where I stand with Him, and so you know I didn’t mean that in jest—God always says it right.
God always has it right.
He always sets the right path out before us.
And always corrects and convicts us, with His objective always being to direct us in the way we should go, in our best interest.
In 1670, Blaise Pascal gave a defense of the Christian religion in a book he wrote.
In that book he talked about an emptiness, a craving within man seeking true happiness. And that we try to fill this emptiness, void or hole, with everything around us.
But he goes on to say, that it can only be filled by God Himself.
This emptiness, hole or void which Pascal wrote about has since been referred to as a “God-shaped-hole” within each of us.
A hole which we all try to fill, seeking satisfaction and fulfillment, with things like accomplishments and achievements, climbing one career ladder after another, acquiring money and stuff, seeking championships and trophies, or hoping for the approval of others while trying to meet never-ending expectations.
We discover that all of those would-be “fillers,” even if reached, do not satisfy our longing for a sense of worth, fulfillment and accomplishment.
And none will provide us with the lasting peace, satisfaction or fulfillment we seek, or fill that hole within us.
Only one thing can forever and completely fill that “God-shaped-hole” within us.
Very simply—a relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ.
God said it right.
So what is filling the “God-shaped-hole” within you?
Something temporary, worldly and fleeting?
Or is that “God-shaped-hole” being filled with a relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ?
If it is, guard it, keep it. Nurture it by spending time with Him.
It is the only relationship that will be satisfying, fulfilling, lasting and eternal.
God said it right. Again. Always.
In His Name–Scott