Christmas Gifts: Filling the Void

I looked on the earth, and behold, it was formless and void; And to the heavens, and they had no light. (Jeremiah 4:23)

God created a space (a void) in each person. Some call it the “God-shaped hole” — a place where our efforts to share our faith in Christ and be witnesses for the Gospel can land and grow in others.

Humanity has been aware of this void through the centuries. For example, in the 17th century, Blaise Pascal, a French mathematician and philosopher, put it like this.

There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing.

C.S. Lewis in Mere Christianity struggled to describe this void in his life and what might satisfy it.

If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.

More to the point, St. Augustine of Hippo, observed a similar void in man and knew what to do to fill it. In his book, Confessions, he wrote

“You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you.”

The Apostle Paul knew there is nothing on this earth that can truly fill up this inner emptiness. There was only one way. Only the Lord Jesus holds the key.

“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through [Christ] who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:12).

This Christmas, speak to this void and our need to fill it through a deep, personal fellowship with Jesus Christ.

But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33)

Sometimes we speak and have no idea whether our words penetrate this void. Sometimes it takes years to see the effect. Regardless, it’s worth the effort as a witness to our faith, because when faith blossoms through our efforts as servants of the Lord, it is a most gratifying gift from our Savior to us.