“Unless the Lord builds the house, it’s builders labor in vain.” Psalm 127:7
Endless searching to fill an emptiness in my heart that couldn’t be filled with earthly things.
I attempted to fill my empty space, this longing in my heart for something more — with material things and a string of accomplishments and relationships. I tried, unsuccessfully, to find purpose in these things, making them the center of my life. But, once established, my emptiness would reappear.
“Is this all there is?” my heart would whisper.
The beauty of it all, though, is that God was watching me. He knew only his residence in me would stop my incessant striving for more. He wooed me with his love and gentle words of promise until I finally let go of my own ideas and control — opening myself to the possibility of his promises for my life — and surrendered my heart to him.
With him all things became new.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” 2 Corinthians 5:17
Now I know that my heart longs to be eternally filled — with God, my Father, Jesus, his son and the Holy Spirit, who is my constant companion and helper.
He brings me contentment and peace in a way that no earthly thing has.
“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” Phillipians 4:12-13
Our relationship is intimate. He knows everything about my life … even the things I don’t know yet … and he reveals them to me through his word.
“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
But, I am the one who must apprehend — choosing, every day, to move from making the world my foundation to making Jesus my chief cornerstone.
“In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.” Ephesians 2:21