God Allows Adversity
God allows adversity in our lives as a means for us to seek Him. He wants us to know Him and develop a deep, personal relationship with Him.
God divided people into different groups and races so that they may seek after Him.
Tensions, hardships, difficulties, and problems are nothing more than opportunities to draw closer to God. Ultimately, God’s purpose is to draw His creation unto Himself and not for them to be sufficient in and of themselves. He wants to be the source of our “everything”, and rightfully so. He is already the source of life, and without Him there would be no life. Yet, He wants us to rely on Him as the source of our strength, joy, peace, contentment, and everything that we need. Even deeper, God wants us to recognize that need within ourselves and to humbly seek after Him. When we do this, then God rewards us by pouring out even more abundant blessings on us.
Each of Us Has a Void
Each of us has a void that only God can fill. No matter how perfect our lives may seem to others or as we ourselves are deluded to believe they are, something is always missing. Something is always lacking, and there is at least one area that will need improvement. We may try hard to remedy one situation, but another one will soon emerge. No matter how hard we try, we will never achieve perfection, at least not until this journey is done.
It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking that the grass is greener on the other side; that other people have a perfect life or a perfect marriage or whatever. However, the reality is that, while we are on this earthly plane, none of us has a perfect life; and there will always be some area in which we struggle—some desire unfulfilled. Whether it is more money, more love, more peace, more joy, more friends, more appreciation, more fun and excitement–the void will always be there. And when one void is filled up another one will be created. Why? So that we might seek God! We can only be complete in Him. The Bible tells us in Acts 17:28 that “It is in Him we live and move and have our being…” And song based on that verse continues by saying “…we might as well not move at all unless we move in Him.”
How We Try to Fill the Void
In spite of the fact that God is the only one who can truly and completely fill the void in our lives, we have a tendency to do things our own way. Instead of relying on God, some people try to fill the void through work, social activities, shopping, accumulating things, eating, drugs and alcohol, sexual relationships, tv-watching and internet surfing, gambling, pornography, or anything else that makes them feel good for a time. However, these things never fully satisfy the soul; and one is eventually left with an empty feeling and looking for something more to fill the void. That “something” is God!
God Wants to Fill the Void
God wants to fill the void; that empty space that only He can fully occupy. He wants to fill that lonely place in your heart and fulfill that longing that only He can satisfy. When we allow God to fill the void in our lives, we will be content even when we do not have everything that everyone else has; we will learn to be thankful for what we have and not live in a state of envy over what others have. We will learn to rejoice with others and be glad when good things happen for them. We will have faith and hope that God has blessings with our names written on them, and we will be patient to wait for our change to come. In essence, we will have transformed hearts and minds that are stayed on Jesus.
For God to fill the Void
For God to fill the void in our lives, we must begin to pray like never before, study our bibles with greater intensity, and worship God in spirit and in truth. In other words, we must sincerely and earnestly seek Him. As the deer pants for water in a dry and thirsty land, so must we long for God. We must thirst for God and seek Him with all our hearts; not for form or fashion nor for what He can do for us, but out of a sincere desire to know Him. The Bible tells us that man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart. So there’s no use in trying to pretend or act a certain way to keep up appearances. God sees the real you and knows exactly what you’re up to. You may be able to fool some people, but God can never be fooled; all your motives are as clear as day. So get real and get with God!