Our world is full of people who are without hope of things ever getting better. Its a tragedy that so many people are choosing suicide as a way out of the muck and mire that defines their lives.
I believe that the underlying cause of a lot of this pain is the lack of a relationship with God. We were all created with a God-sized hole in our soul. We can try to fill it with all kinds of things – new possessions, people, drugs, and a lot more – but we will still be empty.
I have experienced this. As a young adult, I wandered from a relationship with God to try out all the ‘fun’ things the world had to offer. After several years, I was very empty and tired of all those things that looked like fun but were dead ends. So I started working hard on different goals and got everything on the list in the next 10 years – a great husband, two awesome kids, a good start on a career, a nice house with two cars. I had everything I wanted but I was still empty…. and very tired. It took a lot of work all day every day to keep everything going. If this was all there is to life, if this is what I was going to have to do for the next 60 years, I didn’t want it.
I was going to church at that time, singing in praise band and teaching Sunday School. But I was not investing time and effort into a personal relationship with God. So I was still empty.
Then God opened my eyes to the fact that what I really wanted and needed was more of him. As soon as I committed to putting God first in my life, I could feel his love and grace filling up the hole inside of me. His light began to overflow into all parts of my life, giving me joy and a purpose.
God reconciled me to him. I had accepted Jesus as my Savior as a child so I was redeemed and I was going to heaven. But it took me many years to take the next step in reconciling with God. I didn’t have strong spiritual habits or feel that God and I had a good relationship until my mid-thirties.
God is on a mission of reconciling with everyone who will put their faith in Jesus. Accepting salvation through Jesus Christ is the first step. Putting God first in our lives is next. It lets us feel his grace and his love and his power moving in our hearts and minds here on earth.
Paul tells you and I today, “But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation – if you continue in your faith, established and firm and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel.” Col. 1:22 & 23
Did you hear that last part? That’s what I was missing as a young adult. That’s why I was so empty. I was not continuing in my faith. I was not building my life on the Truth. I was not letting God transform me through the hope of the gospel.
After I let God finish the reconciliation, he was able to take over my heart, giving me peace and a plan for the rest of my life.
All of the emptiness is gone.
Thank you, Abba Father.