You’re addicted to thrills? What an empty life!
The pursuit of pleasure is never satisfied.
(Proverbs 21:17, MSG)
“There is a God-shaped vacuum in every heart” says Blaise Pascal. Viktor Frankl talks about “existential vacuum”. According to him meaninglessness in our lives is a hole, an emptiness, in our lives. Whenever there is a vacuum we rush to fill it with things. We keep on trying one thing after another -shopping, money, work, sex, drugs, entertainment, relationships, hobbies- but nothing fills the hole.
No matter how much you get, it will never be enough—
hollow stomachs, empty hearts.
No matter how hard you work, you’ll have nothing to show for it—
bankrupt lives, wasted souls.
(Micah 6:10, MSG)
F.F.Bruce has said “The soul’s deepest thirst is for God Himself, who has made us so that we can never be satisfied without Him.” Augustine words it this way “our hearts are restless until they rest in you”. Or we can talk about the missing piece of the puzzle. We are all talking about the same thing: we are not complete or whole without God in our heart.
Look at that man, bloated by self-importance—
full of himself but soul-empty.
But the person in right standing before God
through loyal and steady believing
is fully alive, really alive.
(Habakuk 2:4, MSG)
The missing peace of the puzzle of our hearts is God. If we want to be really alive, to have a healthy heart, we need to turn back to God. If we don’t want to be soul-empty we need to ask the Holy Spirit to enter our lives.
Through God’s grace we are welcome in right standing before God.
Through God’s grace we are made fully alive.
Through God’s grace we are blessed by meaningful lives.
Because God’s presence gives us meaning.
Because God’s power gives us energy.
Because God’s calling gives us purpose.
There are places to go, things to do, people to love! God is calling! Let’s go!
Thank you for calling us back to you.
Forgive us our selfishness.
Empty us from all that needs to go.
Fill us with your grace and peace!
Make us whole! Make us really alive!
Give our lives meaning and purpose!
Show us how to love and serve you.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: How did you find your missing piece of your heart?
Blessings to you, fellow pilgrim! Seek God and his kingdom and everything else will be given to you!
Our Hearts are Restless Until They Rest in You”“Our Hearts are Restless Until They Rest in You”