Within every man and woman, there is a deep inner “well” that can only be filled with God’s Holy Spirit. In our world today, there is an obvious inner desperation that people have. Many are looking for ways to quench this inner thirst, to satiate this desire for God. But in today’s world, so many look to everything else but God and oftentimes fall into a sense of nihilism, which is an extreme skepticism about existence and religious or moral principles. Others chronically need a movement to be a part of, or have reached the pinnacle of success in their career, yet the ability to feel fulfilled still doesn’t come. This is an ancient problem with an ancient answer.
This ancient challenge has been written about over the ages, and many famous people have answered this, but I like Pascal’s answer the best. You’ve probably heard of Blaise Pascal, who was a famous mathematician. If you study science or mathematics, you’ve probably studied Pascal’s Triangle. But in theology, he was important too, because he wrote this theological work called, the Pensées. In it, he’s famously quoted as saying, ”There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of each man.” A vacuum means it has to be filled.
Friend, there is only one person alone who can fill that void, and it’s the Lord. Inside of you there is this need, this longing that is drawing whatever it can to itself, and it needs to be filled with something, but it’s God-shaped. We must ensure that what we allow to fill this void is of God so everything else is blessed.