God has put within each of us a spiritual void that yearns to be filled. It is God’s plan and desire that we fill that empty space with him. Only God can fill that deep place completely and satisfactorily. By personalizing himself bodily in the Son, Jesus, God gives us a way to grasp and understand the content and process of filling that void, and in God’s wisdom each of us is called individually to accept that plan.
But we humans don’t naturally choose to follow plans or directions. We continually try to find a quicker, better way–a way that is our creation, or at least has our stamp upon it. Too often we choose to fill our spiritual void in our own way. We see the Israelites throughout the Old Testament making choices that had serious consequences. They played the harlot, running after empty promises that could never satisfy. We too chase after success, money, sex, and power, in the desperate hope that we can fulfill ourselves with the things of this world. These efforts are doomed, like moving toward a mirage. Fulfillment disappears into thin air and only dissatisfaction remains.
In spite of the countless blessings and the overwhelming evidence of God’s faithfulness to us, our nature accuses God of coming up short and not being sufficient. Forgetting that the Bible says that our Lord is a loving God, we make the almighty out to be harsh, angry, and punishing. God wants to bless us, yet we are suspicious and accuse the Lord of withholding from us and demanding too much of us. We ignore the truth of God’s word and stubbornly hold fast to our natures; even though Luke 11:13 reminds us, “If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”
We also believe that somehow God is not strong enough to take care of our situations, that our needs and problems are unique and beyond the realm of God’s capability. In essence, we are saying that Jesus Christ, the answer from the Father to filling the spiritual void within us, is not enough. We need something new or something more. And yet, as the Scripture at the top of the page says, “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form, and in Christ you have been brought to fullness. Jesus is the head over every power and authority!” Folks, we need to stand against the ways of this world and our own personal demands, and believe, accept, and live in the reality that Jesus is the gift of God and all we will ever need!
In the Name of Christ