How to Avoid an Empty Life -- Psalm 16:11 By Dr. Charles Stanley In public, most people appear happy and confident. But beneath the surface, many feel empty.Message 1 of 2 , Feb 25, 2008View SourceHow to Avoid an Empty Life -- Psalm 16:11
By Dr. Charles Stanley
In public, most people appear happy and confident. But beneath the
surface, many feel empty. In fact, it is possible to be in a large
crowd and yet feel alone.
A lot of men and women see no meaning or purpose in life. Attempting
to overcome the emptiness, some become busy, others turn to drugs or
alcohol, and still others strive for more money, power, or love.
Though pleasure exists for them, it is usually short-lived.
There's a reason why life can feel empty: God created man with a
yearning--one that He alone is able to satisfy. Individuals cannot be
fulfilled until they experience the Lord's transforming and
unconditional love. Jesus said, "I came that they may have life, and
have it abundantly" (John 10:10). In other words, God wants us to feel
complete, which can happen only through a relationship with Him.
However, even a person who is saved can feel empty. This could result
from disobedience: a slight detour in one's walk with the Lord can
become a way of life, depriving a believer of deep satisfaction. It's
also possible for Christians to live according to God's Word without
fully surrendering their desires to Him. For example, many believers
still try to fill up their own void with achievement, wealth, or
relationships. When aspirations like these are given higher priority
than the Lord, they are a form of idolatry.
We can live a full life only when we seek God above all else. Pray for
His guidance as you search your heart. Confess any sin or idolatry,
and ask God to fill your life as only He can do.
From Emptiness to Fulfillment -- John 4:3-18 Dr Charles Stanley As we saw in [the last] devotion, countless people go through life feeling empty, which isMessage 2 of 2 , Feb 29, 2008View SourceFrom Emptiness to Fulfillment -- John 4:3-18
Dr Charles Stanley
As we saw in [the last] devotion, countless people go through life
feeling empty, which is contrary to God's plan. The account of the
Samaritan woman in John 4 teaches several important points about
Filling our emptiness is important to the Lord. Jewish people didn't
travel through Samaria because of their intense hatred for its
inhabitants. Yet Jesus, a Jew, chose to travel there because He knew a
hurting Samaritan was ready to hear about the Father's love.
Our attempts at happiness often leave us feeling hopeless. The woman
at the well had been wed five times, but all of her marriages had
failed. Whether or not the problems were her fault, she was left
without the love she sought. Most likely, each broken relationship
left her feeling lonelier than before.
God knows our pain. When the woman admitted she didn't presently have
a husband, Jesus revealed that He already knew she and the man living
with her were not married. By demonstrating His awareness of her hurt
and longing for fulfillment, the Lord helped the woman recognize her
need for a Savior.
Jesus can satisfy our yearnings. Once the Samaritan woman realized
what was missing, Jesus revealed how to live a full life: "Everyone
who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the
water I give him will never thirst" (vv. 13-14).
Do you ever feel like the Samaritan woman--dissatisfied with life and
thirsty for love and fulfillment? Surrender to God, and allow His love
to flow through you. Only then will you experience abundant life.