Let’s face it, kids can be little goblins sometimes. If you have kids all you have to do is look at the back seat of your car. It’s like bowling alley floor back there. Food wrappers everywhere. Fries in every crevice. A three month old melted Snickers bar in the cup holder giving birth to new life.
But since your kids are your goblins – you still love them. There’s a fundamental connection you have with them, a certain bond.
Now imagine if someone took your kids and replaced them with some other kids. Even if those kids are nice kids – it’s still not the same. There will always be a void in your heart without your own kids.
It’s the same way with our relationship with God.
God made our souls to find its happiness, its completeness, in Him. No matter what we try to replace our relationship to Him with, there will always be a void.
But you might say, “Oh geez, I already know this. Yeah, yeah, yeah. We replace that void with idols. Money, relationships, success, whatever.”
It’s not enough to look for what we use to fill the voids, we need to find the voids in the first place.
When we know what the cause of the void is, we will know how to fill that void.
…Let’s look for that void. And do something about it.
So look out for the times that you are unhappy and when you are, ask yourself, “Why?”
Maybe it’s because you’re lonely, poor, unsuccessful, disrespected. Whatever.
But how can you look to God for your happiness? It’s one thing to say, “Yeah, I’ll look to God,” but it’s another thing to put it into practice.
To truly put it into practice, you have find some verse that actually speaks to the situation you are in. Unless you can point to a promise God has made, or a fundamental truth, that ‘faith’ in God is pretty useless. It needs to be a real faith. One that is grounded in Scripture and not feelings.
For example, are you unhappy because you have low self-esteem? Well here’s a verse you can point to, “(PS 139:14) I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
Are you unhappy because things are falling apart financially or you’re in a tough situation? Try Romans 8:28.
That’s the idea. When you feel a void, fill it with truth, not just some feel good words or replacements for God like idols.
We all have voids in our soul when we remove God from one of the areas of our lives. And these voids create unhappiness.
So find these voids in your life, and fill them with the Word of God.
What are you missing? But more importantly, what verses are you finding?
PS 119:11 I have hidden your word in my heart
that I might not sin against you.
PS 119:12 Praise be to you, O LORD;
teach me your decrees.
PS 119:13 With my lips I recount
all the laws that come from your mouth.
PS 119:14 I rejoice in following your statutes
as one rejoices in great riches.
PS 119:15 I meditate on your precepts
and consider your ways.
PS 119:16 I delight in your decrees;
I will not neglect your word.
Take Time To Pray: Ask God for wisdom to find the verses you need to overcome your voids.