Matthew 7:7, “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find”
French physicist, mathematician, and philosopher Blaise Pascal (1623-1662) said, “There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.” I submit to you that Pascal knew what he was talking about. You see, he wasn’t simply referring to emptiness. He was speaking about a drawing – an unavoidable pull. Pascal was suggesting there is an eternal restlessness woven into the fabric of every human heart and soul that is only satisfied through a relationship with God. Humanly speaking we try to fill this inner void for a variety of reasons such as:
(1) We’re afraid of God and want to appease Him.
(2) We want His favor so He’ll bless us.
(3) We are curious about God and His world.
(4) We long for meaning and purpose in life.
Although many individuals have come to know God by starting out on these paths, He wants us to truly seek Him for who He is, our “Creator” and “Redeemer”. However, even after many have found Him, they tend to drift away from Him because their desires conflict with His. They then attempt to keep that inner vacuum filled with substitute gods. The obvious ones are drugs, alcohol, food, sex, money, and material possessions. However, the master deceiver Satan is very successful at what he does. He has numerous subtle distracters such as music, TV, movies, internet, sports, books, magazines, newspapers, education, travel, children, personal and professional achievements, ambition and pride, clubs and organizations, shopping, cars, friends, family and even religion itself.
If you will be honest as I, we have all tossed many of these distracters into our hole. All these “things” scream so loudly for our attention through media marketing, advertisement and also to our selfishness and pride. If you reviewed the history of Israel you would see they slipped into unresponsiveness and chose idolatry over the one true living God. Yet, God told them if they sought Him with all their heart, they would find Him (Deuteronomy 4:29). My friend, since God’s character is unchangeable the same is true for us today, as individuals and as a nation!
So, my friend, are you searching for God? If so, receive Jesus Christ as your Savior. Or maybe you’ve drifted away from God, and you long for that intimacy with Him again. If so, confess your sin and turn anew to Jesus Christ. Read and study His precious Word. Return to church and fellowship with the brethren as stated in the book of Hebrews. Above all do what is right and God will fill your God shaped vacuum with Himself if you are truly seeking Him. The Psalmist succinctly instructs us to ‘Be still and know that I am God.’ Samuel and Elijah heard that still small voice speaking. Jesus also instructed His disciples “What I tell you in the dark, speak in the light. What you hear in a whisper, proclaim on the housetops” (Matthew 10:27). Am I still? Am I listening? Am I responding to what I hear? How about you?
O taste and see that God is good
To all who seek His face;
Yea, blest the man who trusts in Him,
Confiding in His grace – Psalter
Our heart was made to be God’s home.