I remember when I was young and dumb and whenever I was feeling empty and down in the dumps, I would go buy “stuff” with money I didn’t have. Those things always made me feel better for a minute and then I would be even more depressed because I didn’t have the money for my rent or utilities. Looking back it really seems stupid, but I had a lot of “stuff”, boats, classic cars, motorcycles, quads, guns, computers, iPod’s, but I was still empty.
Sometimes I even tried to fill that emptiness with woman, Jack Daniels and really poor behavior, yes that too just made the emptiness grow.
When I got older I tried fill that hole with career, education and status but I was never satisfied, it was like a thirst that could never be quenched, an emptiness that I just couldn’t explain.
What is that hole in us that feels so empty, that feeling that something is missing that needs to be fulfilled, that gap that needs a bridge? I think I’ve finally figured it out and what the one thing that seems to be big enough to fill that huge chasm of emptiness is.
I know I was broken down and useless, useless to myself and in many ways to my family, even though I had built a very impressive facade of “having it together”, no one knew how empty I felt, I don’t think I’ve ever told anyone until right now.
It wasn’t until I quit being “religious” and starting focusing on a very personal relationship with God and a dwelled in his Word and in prayer that the emptiness was filled. I didn’t need the “stuff” anymore, the hole was filled and I started to be the kind of person I always wanted to be. I don’t think I was ever a “bad” person, but I sure wasn’t all I could be, and I wasn’t the kind of man that my wife or children deserved to have in their lives.
Jesus himself explains to us in John 4:7-26 what that hole is and how to fill it.
When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)
The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
“Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”
Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”
He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”
“I have no husband,” she replied.
Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”
“Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. Our ancestors worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”
“Woman,” Jesus replied, “believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in the Spirit and in truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in the Spirit and in truth.”
The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”
Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”
Jesus knew that the Samaritan woman was trying to fill the emptiness with men and only the gift that He came to earth to share would fill that emptiness.
I still get to feeling empty once in a while, usually when I don’t spend my time in the Bible or in prayer and I have to stop the hustle and bustle of life and take some time to spend with God and the then I feel full again. It’s the strangest thing to spend your whole life and most of your wealth to look for something that was right there the whole time and was given to all of us for free.
If you too are feeling that emptiness and are trying to fill it with “stuff”, STOP! Take this time right now to accept Jesus Christ as you Savior, open your Bible and find that God wants to give you “stuff” that you can’t buy and that will fill you forever