Fill the Void in Your Life by Making These 2 Choices

Fill the Void in Your Life by Making These 2 Choices

by Wayne Stiles

I loved the innovation of how some New Yorkers chose to deal with their drought-dried lawns.

They paced their yards a few times with a can of green spray paint, and whala! Lawns to dye for. No more watering, no more mowing, just bright, green grass all summer.

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Photo: Elena Elisseeva, via Vivozoom

Actually, such innovation applies beyond the front yard straight into the human heart.

On the surface, every one of us seems vibrant, successful, content, and happy. And except for the occasional “scene”—when the truth bursts from behind our thin veneers—most of us manage to keep it together long enough to preserve the image.

In social circles where hurting is unacceptable (insert your church’s name here), we quickly learn how to paint on the smile and shake all the hands—while inside we feel as dead and needy as parched grass.

While we may have ideal hopes about tomorrow, and how in that ever-elusive “someday” things will get better, the truth is, life doesn’t fix itself.

Instead, God must fix life.

The Hardwired Void We Carry

God hardwired each of us with a void only He can fill. Here’s what that means, practically:

  • If you break free from bondage to alcohol, but fill that void with anything but Jesus, another bondage will replace it.
  • If you wiggle loose from an emotional dependency on relationships, but ignore a relationship with the Lord, another addiction will take its place.
  • Even if you struggle with a meaningless, empty existence, buying another boat, taking another job, and getting another spouse won’t fill the void.

Only God fills the chasm. Everything else only deepens it.

Fill the Void by Making These 2 Choices

1. Filling the void begins, of course, with faith in Jesus Christ.

But trusting Jesus doesn’t eliminate the void in our lives. It’s hardwired to stay.

Neither did He redeem us in order to fill the void with stuff we’ve always wanted—our dreams, our stuff, our pleasure, our needs. As Paul told some early believers:

“But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed, and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.” —Romans 6:17-18

When God freed the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, they failed to realize that freedom from serving Pharaoh meant freedom to serve the God who freed them.

2. Filling the void occurs by living for the glory of God as our solitary goal.

God doesn’t remove the void. He fills it.

  • He fills the void with a purpose: to live for the glory of God who died for you (2 Corinthians 5:15). Our solitary goal. The glory of God.
  • That means we don’t run after what the world does—but we seek first His kingdom and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33).

Eternal life refers to a quality of life—not just its duration. Read anew Jesus’ personal invitation to you:

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” —Matthew 11:28-30

The peace that comes from that purpose will fill you to overflowing with fulfillment. Meaning replaces futility. Relationship replaces ritual. Eternal life replaces eternal death.

The void is there to stay. But these two choices will fill it up.

Question: What helps you pursue the solitary goal of living for the glory of God? You can leave a comment by clicking here.


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2 Responses to Fill the Void in Your Life by Making These 2 Choices

  1. ptl2010 says:

    My growing relationship with Jesus who is godly keeps me separate, and from being worldly. He helps me from going in the worldly direction. Praise the Lord.

  2. I was conscious of a void in my life until I was 22 years old. I had tried everything to fill the emptiness but NOTHING satisfied. Then, 8th June 1958 my life changed completely. God stepped in at a critical time and showed me the Lord Jesus, dying for ME and paying the penalty for MY sin. He adopted me into His own family and that aching void was filled and satisfied.

    Now, 54 years later, He continues to keep me satisfied, because in Him I have everything I need.

    >> “What helps you pursue the solitary goal of living for the glory of God?”
    All I can answer to that is “He does!”
    He has proven He ALONE is worthy; He ALONE can satisfy; He ALONE . . .

    What an amazing God!

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