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Words of the Week – Filling The Void
By Brian W. Carter, Staff Writer
Published July 5, 2017

                                           Brian W. Carter

It’s not really something that you are aware of as a child, but sometime during adolescence, it begins to become evident. It grows, faster in some people, slower in others, but it grows and we feed it constantly.

It can be all-consuming as an adult as we throw money, sex, relationships, material objects and even ourselves into it. Well, what is it? It’s the void.

We all have a big gaping void in our lives that is always hungry for anything that we have to offer. Lucifer knows this and he is all too happy to make suggestions and send some our way. Of course, we don’t help as we often seek out our own vices to fill this void because it’s always hungry.

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What do we fill the void with? Well, that varies from person-to-person. Some people fill their void with drugs, alcohol and sex, while others may fill the void with relationships, career or money. The void is a bottomless pit, so anything will and can fit. So why do we have this void, this insatiable void that can never be filled? Jesus.

He was made to fill the void and He fits perfectly as He takes up all the space. The void is a part of our condition (Psalm 51:5) as sinners. We can’t help but seek out sin and add it to our being.

All sin isn’t evident when it meets the eye and can masquerade itself as being perfectly acceptable. We are bombarded, day and night, through media and otherwise, ways of life that fly right in the face of what the Lord wants for us.

“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.” (1 John 2:15-17)

When Jesus is allowed into our hearts, our voids, things begin to change as His light fills the darkness in us. The Lord quenches the thirst that we all have, answers the questions that plague us and lights the way to the truths we desperately seek after. Jesus begins the process of completion and we have to be patient with ourselves because it can be a lifetime.

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” (Matthew 6:33)

Most of the things we need and want in life the Lord promises us if we seek and follow Him. Jesus is the answer to the void issue and when He is allowed to fill us, He can direct us.

It’s time to let the Lord in our lives and stop living in the void.

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