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“As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.”
Ps. 42.1

I have often prayed that the Lord would make me long for Him, that He would give me an unquenchable thirst that only He could satisfy. Then I would get frustrated, because He didn’t seem to be doing what I asked of Him. I felt lonely and alone, often like I was calling out into emptiness.

Then it dawned on me: I am empty and desperately thirsty for Him, but I have been attempting to fill the void with things other than God. I have tried stuffing it with clothes, with books, with relationships, with food and the list could go on and on.

Sure, these things may bring some pleasure in the moment, but they do not satisfy my soul. The God-shaped hole in my heart can only be filled by God and I want to remember that. It won’t be filled by things.

How do I go about filling the void with God?

It is important to remember that it isn’t something for ME to do, but rather that HE has promised to do. He has given me the Holy Spirit, and He tells me that He will never leave me or forsake me.

When I turn to earthly comforts, physical, tangible things that are ultimately empty, I can remind myself that while this may be something I can touch and feel, it does not fill that deep yearning for my Heavenly Father.

Since only God can do that, it makes sense to me to seek after Him through reading and studying His Word, fasting, spending time with Him in prayer, worshiping Him and joining in fellowship with other believers. This is a daily practice which I am sure will continue until the day I join Him in Heaven.

How do you fill the void inside your heart? Is it with earthly comforts or seeking after the Lord? Maybe you will join with me in prayer asking Him to continue to reveal to each of our hearts the sins we go to for comfort instead of Him and for the self-discipline to set those things aside and trust in His life-giving water.

-Kristin Shoemaker