Where God finds space, He enters. – Ian Matthew, “The Impact of God”
Wow…Wow! Do you sense the impact of that sentence?
At times, we all struggle with emptiness (that uncomfortable space inside of us). I am blessed beyond measure with family and God and a sweet home and friends and ministry and material blessings. I am healthy. When there are problems…I know God is in control.
Still…I have times I struggle.
Why do we struggle with emptiness when we are so blessed and highly favored? We could put off the cause as things that happened to us as children and then later as an adult…maybe.
But, no matter our background, emptiness is part of being a God-created human. Know anyone who is honest who doesn’t sometimes struggle with emptiness or sadness that they can’t fully explain? Some of us are completely aware our emptiness. Some are flying in a thousand directions, and rarely notice anything gnawing underneath the flurry of activity.
There is inexplicable emptiness that just kind of shows up. Then there is emptiness (or sadness) because of something that is going on in our life or the life of someone we love.
What in the world do we do with it? How can we rid ourselves of that underlying cloud?
Where God finds space, He enters.
What do you fill your inner space with? What do I? Sometimes I fill it with good and lasting things…things that carry me through in a meaningful way…help me in both present and future assaults. Sometimes I fill it with good yet mindless things. They dull the emptiness (sadness) for the moment.
There is a place for both mindless fun and meaningful diversion. But what dominates the way we handle our struggles? Are you constantly looking to food or television…twitter and Facebook…shopping or friendships to fill your empty space?
God will enter our empty space…if we don’t fill it with something else first. He longs to enter our empty spaces.
“Be still and know that I am God…” So simple and yet in our era of life, there is so much activity…so much noise. When we get still…what are we intentionally doing with our minds?
Where would we be in our relationship with God…had we not filled up so many of our empty spaces with a temporary fix?
I dare say, our prayer life would be better, our relationships stronger, our wisdom more sound and…the emptiness would be more quickly and productively handled.
Life is seldom smooth or easy. Whether there is an obvious reason or not…emptiness (or sadness) will still assault.
Your emptiness is your opportunity to draw closer to God…to choose to allow Him to fill the void. It is actually His tool for your good and His glory.
Where God finds space…He enters.
Psalm 63:5b-8 (ESV) 5 … my mouth will praise you with joyful lips, 6 when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; 7 for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy. 8 My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me.
Psalm 46:1-7 (ESV) 1
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, 3 though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah 4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. 5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. 6 The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. 7 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah