ODB: Not All Empty

December 18, 2013

READ: Psalm 107:1-9 

He satisfies the longing soul, and fills the hungry soul with goodness. —Psalm 107:9

Our granddaughter Julia spent the summer working in an orphanage in Busia, Uganda. On the final day of her internship, she went to the children to tell each one goodbye. One little girl named Sumaya was very sad and said to her, “Tomorrow you leave us, and next week the other aunties [interns] leave.”

When Julia agreed that she was indeed leaving, Sumaya thought for a minute and exclaimed, “But we will be all empty. None of you will be left!” Again, Julia agreed. The little girl thought a few moments and replied: “But God will be with us, so we won’t be all empty.”

If we are honest with ourselves, we know that “all empty” feeling. It is an emptiness that friendship, love, sex, money, power, popularity, or success can never assuage—a longing for something indefinable, something incalculably precious but lost. Every good thing can remind, beckon, and awaken in us a greater desire for that elusive “something more.” The closest we get is a hint, an echo in a face, a painting, a scene . . . . And then it is gone. “Our best havings are wantings,” said C. S. Lewis.

We were made for God, and in the end, nothing less will satisfy us. Without Him, we are all empty. He alone fills the hungry with good things (Ps. 107:9).

— David H. Roper

Dear Lord, fill me with Your goodness and love.
I desire nothing in heaven and earth but You.
Without You, I have nothing. Thank You for the
abiding satisfaction that we can find in You.

God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself because it is not there. —C. S. Lewis

Source: Our Daily Bread

2 replies
  1. Renny Acheampong
    Renny Acheampong says:

    Amen! The peace, love and joy that The Lord Jesus gives can never be compared to anything. His peace is not dependent on life’s circumstances, but rather on the truth of His word. Thank You Lord Jesus!! I love You!!

  2. Heidi Elizabeth Ochin
    Heidi Elizabeth Ochin says:

    Everything in life is a shadow that passes by and bid goodbye…Christ is here to stay, and that, i believe, is what i want to celebrate most this Christmas. Love and Grace may they fill those in want!!

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