What do we do with the voids that we have in our lives? We know we need to give them to God, because He’s the only one who can fill these places in our lives. So often we make the choice to give it to Him, but then we either take it back or we slowly fall back into filling ourselves up with something else again.
Do you really KNOW that God can truly fill every void in your heart?
A few years ago, my answer to that question would have been “No”. Sure, I would have verbally said, “Yes”, but deep inside I didn’t believe that He could truly fill the voids in my heart. I knew my answer should be “yes”, but inside I doubted it. The needs in my life that continually went unmet didn’t seem to be places that God could help me with. Thankfully, I have realized since then that God can fill every place in my heart that needs healing, simply even because He is the One who created me and He knows exactly what I need. Now I know what it’s like to have true intimacy with God. It’s amazing, and very, very real!
Have you read “Made to Crave” by Lysa TerKeurst? The basis of the book is to identify that all crave for something more. Whether we realize it or not, we are craving God. We were made to crave Him. That’s why it doesn’t work when we try to just STOP craving something.
We will never stop that craving feeling. What we need to do, though, is transfer our cravings and yearnings to God, because He truly is the only one who can fill that place.
I know that I have had several things in my life over the years that I have used to fill up the places that felt empty. Any one of us can turn to:
Food, alcohol, drugs, relationships, TV, pornography, the internet, unhealthy relationships, money, security, shopping, children, hobbies, habitual sin of some kind, sleep, daydreaming as a way of escaping, friendships, work, status, the gifts God has given you or even ministry.
We can turn to these things to fill ourselves up or numb the pain in our lives. When we do this, we are actually making them into idols. Idols aren’t just gold calves that we hear about in the bible. Idols are anything that we place in front of God.
You might not be bowing down to a golden calf, but is there something that is taking God’s place in your heart?
When we put other things in front of Him, this puts a wall up in between us, and we will not experience intimacy with Him when we do this. So often we don’t even realize we’re doing this, but it’s crucial to acknowledge. We must surrender these things to God in order to have an intimate relationship with Him.
Maybe you don’t even need to give something up, but maybe you need to forgive someone.
When we hold onto unforgiveness, this harms us. Unforgiveness is another thing that can put up a wall between us and God. It is so important to forgive others. This is not saying that what they did was right or ok! God has commanded us to forgive others (including ourselves), and when we do, we release ourselves from that situation. Did you know that so often, when people finally decide to forgive, healing occurs in their hearts and bodies?
Is there someone you need to forgive?
Now I don’t know how you feel about the word “intimacy”. You may be squirming in your seat with what I just wrote, but this is something beautiful, not something that’s meant to be confusing or strange. We were created for intimacy with Him. I don’t know how you have seen that word in the context of your life, but it’s precious to me.
Jesus wants to have an intimate relationship with you!
He knows you like no one else, and He still wants you.
He knows everything you’ve ever done (and will do), and He still wants to have a relationship with you.
He knows every fiber of your entire being, and He still loves you!
He sees you very differently than you see yourself.
When He looks at you, He is not disappointed. He is not wishing you were someone else. He knows who He created you to be, and that is who He sees when He looks at you.
There is so much that He is speaking to you each day. Are you listening?
He longs for communication with you. I encourage you to take the time to sit quietly and listen to what He’s speaking to you, because He is saying something! He wants to have an intimate relationship with you.