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The God Shaped Vacuum

How Can You Find The God-Shaped
Piece That is Missing In Your Life?

 

The Missing Piece is GodIs something missing in your life? Are you searching, but you don't know what it is that you're searching for? Something is probably missing and you probably don't even know what it is.

I believe that there is a missing part in our hearts, a God shaped vacuum if you will, that can only be filled by God. You can try and fill that void with other things (money, love, sex, education, a career), but if that empty spot in your heart was created by the Lord, nothing you do in an attempt to fill it will end up being successful. That is unless you let God fill the void that he alone created in you.

1. I believe that the knowledge of this vacuum is inherited in every man. Even at a young age, I knew that something was just not right in my life. I remember as a young child of about five years old fearing what the future held. I had a feeling that I was just unprepared for whatever was coming in my life and I remember my mother trying to encouraging me out of my funk by saying that I had a lot of time to figure out what life was all about. The family I was born into was not religious, so they did and said nothing that would make me feel that I had a missing spiritual relationship in my life. I just felt it instinctively.

There are many things about God which we don't know or understand because he is so unique and different from our way of thinking and feeling. He even tells us that. God's way of thinking is different from human reasoning. "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts" (Isaiah 55:8-9).

Discerning the ImageIf you have ever put together a puzzle for the first time without looking at the picture on the box cover, about half way through the process you can usually still tell what the basic picture is supposed to be. By looking at the bigger image and imagining what's missing, the shape of the unseen pieces in the middle become more clear. When you reach the point where just one piece is missing, you can tell by looking at the entire puzzle to "figure out" what the missing piece looks like.

2. God gives us clues about his nature through creation. Although God is ultimately invisible to us on a physical level, he has not left us in the dark concerning his "shape." We can know his character by looking at how his presence impacts our world. Although he is still unseen to us, we can know his exact shape through what he has made.

The New Testament tells us that nature provides overwhelming evidence of God's existence, leaving all of us without any excuse for disbelief. "For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God." (Romans 1:20 NLT).

I've heard many examples over the years of isolated tribes or people who had never heard about God, but who responded to the message of Christian missionaries quickly. In some cases they stated that they always knew there was a God, they just didn't know who he was or how to reach him. They needed someone who would reveal him to their hearts.

How ridiculous would it be to say there's no way to know what the overall picture of our lives is supposed to look like because we cannot find that one missing piece in the center of the image. If the puzzle picture is obviously that of a lush mountain and lake vista, the missing piece will certainly be consistent with that total image.

But even though we may have both an inherited knowledge that God exists, and the fact that we can see his power all around us in our world, still we have the challenge of finding him for ourselves. Just because you cannot see God does not change the fact that he exists and that he is knowable if you'll just look in the right place and the right way.

3. Right from the beginning, God began to reveal himself through the pages of his Word, which we call the Bible. As time progressed, he revealed more and more of his invisible shape to mankind through the prophets and his teachers. Just like with assembling a large puzzle, the space around him (and his missing piece) has grown smaller over the ages through what he's revealed about himself.

The Hebrew prophets and writers revealed ever more about what God was like in the unfolding books found within the Hebrew Scriptures. Slowly the larger image was revealed. But this message was not seen by most of the world (except for a few lucky Gentiles) because it was reserved for God's chosen people.

While this knowledge existed, God finally opened it up to the world in these last days and the bigger landscape emerged of who God is and why he had reviewed himself in this way for those who wanted to find him.

4. God revealed himself through his Son Jesus Christ. The greatest revelation of God's nature was reveal when he sent his Son to planet earth. The writer of Hebrews says this, "Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature…" (Hebrews 1:1-3a).

In Acts 17 we read that the Apostle Paul went to Athens and amidst all of the pagan statues to their pantheon of various gods, there stood an altar with the inscription on it dedicated "To An Unknown God." The Athenians didn't want to take any changes by offending some deity that they had left out of their worship. I think that altar really indicated that with all their idol worship, they still felt something was missing in their lives.

So Paul proclaimed, "... what you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you. The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, 'For we also are His children.'

"'Being then the children of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man. Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.'" (Acts 17:23-31 NASB).

So Jesus came to proclaim to us what God is fully like. And he could do this because he was God in human flesh. (I've written an entire book about Jesus as the Liberator, from a skeptic's point of view, if you want to know more about how the Nazarene could have been God).

Faith comes from putting together the pieces of the puzzle, examining the evidence, and coming to a confident conclusion about that which cannot be seen. The Hebrew writer puts it this way, "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1). And Paul says that "Faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ" (Romans 10:17).

 

I invite you to take a closer look at What it Means to Be a Christian. I invite you now to take a closer look at the "Four Revolutionary Steps" to aid in completing your spiritual journey through the narrow door that leads to becoming a true Christian. Click on How to Become A Christian. and How to Repent of Your Sins. 

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