Life can leave you sometimes feeling like you’re on empty. With the hustle and bustle of everyday life (work, kids, school, church), health concerns, or death of a loved one can leave you feeling empty inside. Emptiness can leave you feeling lost, lonely, no real purpose or value. Sometimes you will even feel like something is missing in your life, but you’re just now sure what that is. The only solution to this problem is God. Look up and look for God to fill you up.
As you read this you might be saying this is not for me, I don’t have this problem, but you should keep reading. Since we as humans cannot fully understand God’s peace, then how can you as a human even comprehend the depth of your emptiness? Philippians 4:7 (NLT) Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. If God’s word says we can’t even understand his peace, then we surely could not understand the emptiness we feel inside. You need God to fill you up. Only he can do it! God can fill places in you that cannot be filled from anything in this world. God said in John 14:27 (NLT) “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. He wanted us to experience emptiness so it could only be him to fill us. He designed us this way, so we would need him. He wanted us to have a relationship with him and go to him with our needs. It says in Philippian 4:19 (AMP) And my God will liberally supply (fill until full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. He is the only one who can fill the emptiness we have inside us.
Fill means an amount of something that will occupy all space in a container; make something full; to spread all through an area. That is what God wants to do in every area of your life. He wants it to be full of blessings, favor, love, joy, peace and the list goes on. Jesus said in John 10:10 (NIV) The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
So many times we feel empty and don’t even know what we are missing in our lives. A lot of times we go looking in all the wrong places to fill this void. We start looking to be filled by people, relationships, work, friends, family, sex, drugs, alcohol, positions or possessions. These things will never be enough when you look to them instead of looking to God. Your emptiness will not go away with trying to medicate yourself using temporary fixes. The empty part of your life that you are trying to conceal from everyone else is what God placed their so it would lead you back to Him. He placed it there so he could be the only one to fix it. Only what he has to offer can fill this part of your life. Until you take your emptiness to God, you will just continue to take it with you wherever you go. These actions will invite a lot of unnecessary hurt, pain, and drama into your life from this destructive behavior. This could all be avoided if you are willing to turn it over to God and ask him to do what you could not do in the empty parts of your life. No matter where you are in life, you can always use more of something from God. More of God’s love, grace, peace, mercy, joy, etc. You have not reached a maximal level in God.
What area in your life are you feeling lost or empty? Your life does not have to be this way. If your life is this way in your hands, how much better could it be in God’s hands?
If you know you have some emptiness and are unsure what to pray, here is one to get you started:
Lord, show me where I have allowed emptiness to settle in me. Please reveal to me exactly what I have been doing to cover and conceal my emptiness. Expose what I have used as temporary fixes to fill the voids. Help me to bring healthy and fulfilling habits into my life. Lord, I need you. Come and pour yourself into me and fill every whole that can only be filled by you. Fill me with more of you, fill me up till I overflow. Overwhelm me with more of your love, peace, joy, grace and mercy. In Jesus Name, Amen.