November 28th, 2017 – DEVOTE

In the 1600’s a man by the name of Blaise Pascal said this…
“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.”

Can I just tell you – I wish I had said that! That is such a profound truth. It’s so deep and meaningful. Pascal hit the nail right on the head when he said that.

I mean, let’s all face it… we try so desperately to fill our lives with stuff. We’re so busy with stuff like meetings… shopping… running errands.. that at times we’re not sure if we’re coming or going. Our garages are stuffed with stuff so we can’t even park our cars inside of them. We have boxes and boxes of stuff that we think are so important, but the truth is, nobody else wants them.

It reminds me of when I was a child and I would say to my mom, “Mom, I’m hungry.” She would reply, “Go outside and play.” Quizzically, I would respond, “But mom, I said I was hungry.” To which she would tell me, “You’re not hungry… you’re bored. Now go do something.”

My mom was right. I wasn’t hungry. My thought of being hungry was just so that I had something to do, instead of doing something. I used food as my filler though it wasn’t what I really needed.

We do the same. We fill our time slots to overflowing. We double book ourselves and leave very little time for the things that are really important. Recently, I was talking to a colleague of mine who had told me he hadn’t gotten much sleep the night before because his 18 month old son was up most of the night and as a good dad, he stayed up with him. As nice as I could, I told him there was good news and there was bad news. The good news was – his son would one day grow out of that. The bad news was – he would never regain that lost sleep.

We overspend. We know what our budget is, but somehow convince ourselves that we can make it up later. But later has a way of only making things worse.

Why do I tell you all of this? Because of what I read in the Bible. Here it is…
“God has done all this, so that we will look for Him and reach out and find Him. He isn’t far from any of us, and He gives us the power to live, to move, and to be who we are.” Acts 17:28 CEV

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: Nothing can fill that God shaped vacuum in your heart, but God Himself. Why not let Him fill it again today? Why not let His peace… His promises… His power… His presence, fill your cup to overflowing?

Fill that vacuum in my heart today. I ask this in Jesus name, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen