Inspired by The Full Armor Band’s song “Lead Me To The Light”
Imagine for a moment you are an atheist. You have a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale Law School. You become a journalist for The Chicago Tribune and other newspapers for 14 years. Through your hard work and dedication to the field, you become the most well respected, most notorious journalistic investigator the world has ever known. One day, your wife/husband begins attending church. Being an atheist, you think your partner’s being completely ridiculous and has completely lost their mind. So what do you do? Being a born journalist, you set out to disprove their new “religion.” Ironically, it was through your search to disprove your partner, that you too became a believer. This exact story actually happened to journalist by the name of Lee Strobel. As he states in his book “A Case For Christ”, “For me, there was far too much evidence that God was merely a product of wishful thinking, of ancient mythology, of primitive superstition.” Once he began his research, he found something he didn’t expect God.
I truly believe that every person has a void in their heart that can only be filled by God. The Bible says in Isaiah 26:9a, “My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you.” For Christians this passage of scripture should make perfect sense. If we are walking with Christ as we should be then we should long for Christ like we would for a long awaited lover, but even more so! He should be our reason for being. That is what we were created for! I also believe that even if you are not a Christian you still have that same ‘yearning’ and ‘longing’. Mankind was created to fellowship with God, so we have something inside of us that is always searching for that intense relationship that was so abruptly broken in the garden of Eden.
We may try to fill this “God-shaped hole” with various things: business, food, alcohol , worldly success, etc. All these things, in moderation and with appropriate use, are gifts that God intends for us to have. But using them to fill this particular void is like pouring water into the gas tank of your car. It just won’t work. Only one thing can make a gas-driven car go: gas. And only one thing can fill that “hole” and make us whole: God.
God, in his love for us, never forces the issue. He will not compel us to open our hearts to Him. However, when we invite Him into our hearts, He is glad to take up residence there. But He is not a human, who can be contained in a small box. Like a golden oil, His Spirit flows through every crevice of our lives, opening everything up for inspection. Soon He has flowed under the locked door of our thought life, taking things out of the closet we hoped no one would discover. We’re offended until we remember that He lives here. Actually, He owns the place. He wants it all. And He bought it all, so it’s all His. Deep inside, we know that’s what we really long for, too. So filling that God-shaped hole inside us becomes a life-long process in which God gently challenges and inhabits every corner of our being, until we are permeated through and through with Him. God delights in filling our nothingness with His amazing universe of discovery.
It’s a strangely beautiful trip. The more I have of God, the more I thirst and hunger for Him. The more I understand, the less I know. The more I am emptied, the more I am satisfied. A thousand lifetimes could not contain all God has of offer His sons and daughters. That’s why, I guess, we need an eternity with Him just to crack the surface.
So as I close, I have one final question for you? If you are a Christian, have you allowed God to permeate your whole life and allow Him to be the Lord of your heart, soul, and mind? Are you growing closer in your walk with Him each day? If the answer is no, make today be the day to start new in your relationship with God.
If you aren’t a Christian are you experiencing the void I described above? Are you tired of searching? Are you ready to let go of that emptiness and allow God to transform your life? If you’re ready to let go of the emptiness then pray with me this prayer, “God, I know I have sinned and fallen short of your holiness. I have tried to fill the empty void in my life with everything but you. I believe in your Son Jesus and the price He paid for me on the cross. I accept Him as my Lord and Savior and ask that you accept me and forgive me for what I’ve done. Thank you for showing me your light and helping me realize that You are all I truly need. Come into my life now and fill this void. Help me to daily spend time learning who you are, and allowing you to fill my life with your presence and your guidance. In Jesus name I pray Amen .
If you meant what you prayed, then on the authority of God’s word you are a child of God. Congratulations you are now beginning a life long journey to discovering God and His love more deeply than you will ever know. I would encourage you learn more about God by reading His word the Bible. Find a church that you can go to that will surround you with other believers who can help answer questions you might have and to help you grow in your walk with God. Though it’s not going to be easy, know that the reward at the end is worth it!
Tim Ewing is the founder of Kindred Concert Ministries. You can learn more about Kindred by going to www.facebook.com/kindredconcerts or by emailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Full Armor Band is five-piece band contemporary Christian folk group from Middletown, NY. “Lead Me To The Light” can be found on their new CD titled “None The Same”, which can be found on the band’s official website www.fullarmorband.com, iTunes and Amazon.,” For more information about The Full Armor Band you can visit their website at www.fullarmorband.com or on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/fullarmorband
“The Case For Christ” by Lee Strobe can be found at any local Christian bookstore, Amazon, or www.christianbook.com
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