"Why Do I Feel Such A Void?"
For some of you 2016 may have been rough and going into 2017 was no different. Nothing changed for you. No New Year resolution could change the void you feel. So many of you have loss family members to cancer and lupus last year and some to suicide, it’s a tough healing process. Some of you are battling stomach cancer, tumors or ulcers as we speak. It’s taking everything in you to keep going daily.
I was speaking to a cashier the other day who was hanging over the counter in agony as she battled the pain her ulcer gave her. She explained to me of her situation and how she feared getting surgery. Some family members swore to not talk to her until she admitted herself into the hospital. I guess she feared what the doctors may find, but in her waiting her pain was growing stronger. I asked her if she would commit to me, a total stranger to schedule her surgery no matter what, and she did.
It got me to thinking of how fear cripples us in life from so many things. When does fear enter our life and we welcome it with no refusal? Fear shows up like an unwanted relative who didn’t call first and we simply let it in. Why do we let it in?
About two years ago I went with some members from my church to the train station in Chicago to talk to people about Christ. I was nervous and had no idea why. We got on the train and I watched as one of the members started to talk to the people. He had about 3 minutes to tell people about Christ and I just watched in amazement. People were listening. We brought cards from our church for them to fill out so that we could pray for them and to follow up with them and to keep in touch. People were actually filling the cards out. Just 3 minutes of ministering to people about God was all it took. You could tell that they just wanted someone to care, somewhere to go to heal or just someone to talk to too. Hopping onto the next train I wondered what had been holding me back from doing this before. What was I afraid of?
See no matter who I talked to we all seemed to feel the same void and no matter what or who we tried to use to fill that void, it never did. I believe that we were made with a void that can only be filled with Christ.
God says in Matthew 6:33 [YLT98] “But seek (aim at and strive after) ye first the reign of God and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and all these shall be added to you.” You’re taking care of; you only need to seek Him.
In verse 34 [MSG] He says, “Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes.”
The Bible says that we were made in His image and in His likeness. Get to know Christ and I guarantee you your life will be more fulfilled having done so. So no matter what comes your way, no matter what knocks you down or makes you cry, He will always be there and He will never change.
Your 2017 is what YOU make it, so start by filling the void with Christ.