I have always felt this “hole” in my heart. No matter how many goals I accomplish or how much stuff I get or how many relationships I form…this hole never gets filled. After accepting Jesus Christ into my life, I realized that only Jesus can fill that void.
I think of Shirley MacLaine, standing out on her Malibu beach and making a sort of 21-gun salute to herself by proclaiming “I am God” over and over. Why? She has a giant empty place inside that she knows is beyond the physical, yet her search is misplaced, mostly because she is seeking a “god” in her own image that won’t require her to change her ways rather than the Creator of the Universe who tells us how to maximize this life and how to destroy it.
Reflecting on my own life before/after accepting Christ and now observing the lives of my non-believing friends (who I love dearly), I used to and I see people trying to make contact with the divine through filling that “God-shaped vacuum” with stuff that can be purchased, fleeing pleasures of the this world or sinful behavior. I know people who engage fully in idol worship and ceremonies, filling this void with the occult rather than the holy.
People who do not know God fill their lives with lots of earthly pleasures such as a large house, expensive possessions, a successful career and yet they are not happy. Unfortunately these possessions and pleasures are fleeting and they find themselves unsatisfied.
People have a vucuum shaped void, people try to fill to it in different ways, but the only way to fill this emptiness is to accept Jesus christ to into our lives.
People look to different things to fill them up, whether it be in success, possessions, people or even different religions. Until they find God, there will always be an emptiness that they cannot explain and it can only be revealed by God. God is continually revealing Himself in this world and we have to open our eyes to His truth.
Every person has a vacuum shaped void, most people try to fill it with possessions, people and activities rather than God. The only way to full this need is allowing Jesus to come into our lives. Otherwise no matter how much we possess it will never be enough.
We all assume that if we accomplish worldly success – money, prestige, power, possessions, that we will be truly happy and content. That is what the world tells us anyway. It is what satan has us believe. But, it is a lie. We all know people who are very successful and accomplished by the standards of the world and yet the most discontent, unhappy and restless. They long for purpose, meaning, and peace. I believe those things are only experienced when we choose God. So we continue to seek and connect with the divine.
There is a need for people to search for answers around why we exist at all and what their purpose it. Which establish the idea that God himself did not create our existence for nothing but for a reason. We all have a destiny to fulfill and so we ask God for help in answering this question for us.
People identify their vacuums every day. This occurs frequently through complaining. When someone is complaining of something that is lacking in their life frequently it has something to do with God. People choose to fulfill this needing any number of different ways all of which are unsatisfactory.
As humans, without a relationship with Jesus Christ, we fill our lives with everything we think we can achieve and do to try to fill the void that only God, our Creator can fill. Like Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes, life would ultimately have no meaning. If the wisest and wealthy man that ever lived could not find meaning in everything he had and achieved, how can we expect to come to any other conclusion without God.
All people have the need of knowing that there is a purpose to life and that their earthly life will be replaced with a rewarding time. Prayer, cults, and seances are some examples of what I have seen employed to reach personal contact with God.