Guest blogger: Gena Lakeman – Only God Can
Spring is here! It is the season of new life, daffodils, warmer weather and potholes. Potholes, those annoying craters scattered randomly throughout the streets that make their infamous appearance just after winter decides to finally recede. Interestingly, potholes are actually caused by a combination of water in the underlying soil beneath the street and of traffic action and pressure over the weakened soil area. Regardless of the cause, however, any attempt to repair a pothole is semi-permanent at best. No amount of patching or filling will ever return the street back to its original state prior to the hole.
So it is with each of us. We go through the adventure of life with a hole deep within us that we are constantly trying to patch, trying to fill, but no earthly remedy ever seems to be the permanent solution. We so often go through our days with the unsettled feeling of something missing. We try to fill the hole with worldly things, thinking those will be the “fix”. But, the job ends up not being what we expected. The spouse lets us down…again. The kids bring joy, but also sorrow. The money runs out, the house gets foreclosed on, the clothes don’t fit anymore, the gray hair keeps getting grayer, the wrinkles deeper. Frustration and disappointment set in, and still, that lurking feeling of something missing remains.
But, hope does prevail! God himself loves us enough, provides for us enough, carries us enough, challenges us enough, pursues us enough. In fact, only God can actually and completely deliver on our overwhelming need to fill this gaping hole inside each one of us.
Throughout the Bible, God has provided promise after promise, proving that He is the only one who does indeed fill that God shaped hole in us.
He promises to sustain us. (Psalm 55:22)
He promises that we will no longer want if He is our shepherd. (Psalm 23:1)
He promises that life does not consist in (we will not get fulfillment from) an abundance of possessions. (Luke 12:15)
He promises to truly listen to and hear us. (Micah 7:7)
He promises never to leave us or forsake us. (Hebrews 13:5)
He promises to go with us, to go before us, and be with us. (Deuteronomy 31:6,8)
He promises to care for us and take our anxiety from us. (1 Peter 5:7)
He promises to be with us wherever we go. (Joshua 1:9)
God himself is the one who gave us life and breath and everything else. He says himself in Acts 17:24-28 that he desires that we seek him. He breathed breath into each one of us so that we would seek Him! Not only to seek Him, but reach out for Him and find Him. Because only in Him do we live and move and have our being! Everything God has done, it is for the one purpose that you and I seek Him, reach out for Him, find Him and realize He is indeed not far from any of us. He alone will fill the gaping hole in our hearts that we so long to fill. We are his offspring, and God does not need anything from us. But, we need everything from Him. We receive everything we truly need from him, and him alone. He is our Abba Father, protector, provider, deliverer, savior, counselor, keeper, creator. He is our everything. Only in Him do we have our being. Only in him are we truly full and satisfied.
Amidst all of these promises, why do we continue to try to fill our empty spaces with things of this world instead of things of eternity? Feel the healing of the great physician. Be filled with the completeness of the great comforter. Be lonely for Him, and want no one more. Once God is your one true desire, your one true love, your breath, your everything, you will feel that completeness, and never again feel the emptiness in your soul that only a relationship with Jesus Christ can fill to overflowing.
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