One of my favorite new YouTube speakers is evangelist Greg Laurie.
While I was getting ready for church this morning, I listened to a sermon he delivered about the empty place within all of us that only God can fill.
For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness. – Psalm 107:9
Laurie gave example after example of men and women who sought fulfillment in wealth, success, and sin of every sort; but even as they fulfilled their hearts’ desires, they longed for something more.
The irony is that this emptiness is not necessarily characteristic of only the lost. Solomon, the writer of Ecclesiastes, certainly believed in the one true God, but the cares of running a kingdom and pleasing hundreds of foreign wives and concubines drew him away from his Lord.
Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun. – Ecclesiastes 2:11
As Christians today, we can live such busy lives that we don’t take time to truly love and live for God.
I’ve certainly experienced that. On days when my devotions are devoted more to my own scattered thoughts than to the thoughts of the Lord in his Word, I feel within my soul a lack of connection to him. Instead of coming away satisfied and ready to face the day with the Holy Spirit in charge, I feel lackluster and empty.
The Holy Spirit is still within me, but I didn’t focus on having a meaningful conversation with him.
In contrast, my devotions are so much more fulfilling when I set aside the lists that need checking off – and even the people who need tending to – and focus wholeheartedly on my Savior. I ask him to hear me as I pray, and to reveal his heart as I read Scripture. Though I may have much to do that day, the longer I hold on to this slice of intimate time with God, the more he fills me with himself, and the more equipped I feel to face the day.
As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness. – Psalm 17:5
A song that expresses this well is “Abide in Me,” by Chris August. If you have a moment, please listen and enjoy, and share your comments below.