The Promise of His Presence
Why is it that you can seem to have everything, and yet feel so empty and alone?
This world promises us happiness and fulfillment in so many ways: money, relationships, jobs, new experiences–the list goes on.
The Hollow Promise
But what happens when that’s not enough? What about that hollow feeling? The one tugging at you, making you work until your knuckles bleed, so you can forget that it’s there.
The hollowness that leaks out as tears as you lie awake in bed at night. The hollow feeling that makes people cut, starve, and lash out at others?
This post isn’t pretty, but it’s real and raw. Because I’ve been there.
I know what it’s like to have people around you, even loving you, and still feel lonely. I know the dread of falling asleep, only to wake up to another day of pretending that everything is okay.
But I also know of the only thing that can fill this void–this hollow promise of the world around me.
His name is Jesus.
Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6 NIV)
Made for More
When I look to myself or anything else to fulfill me, I always come up empty. The glow of clothing and makeup fades after a few days. Confidence in my own performance is never a guarantee.
It’s not that I don’t take joy in things outside of God. On the contrary, we weren’t made to live outside of God.
I love my life. I love my home, my work, and my husband. But none of these things–not even marriage–can take the place of God.
We were made for more than what we can see in front of us. That hollow feeling points us to our need for the Great I Am.
A Love That Never Leaves
Jesus promised that He would never leave us as orphans. Though everyone else may reject or misunderstand us, our Lord gives us His Holy Spirit to comfort us and make us His sons and daughters.
I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live. (John 14: 18-19 NIV)
There is no friendship as beautiful as the one we can have with Jesus. He hears every prayer and sees every tear.
He is the most faithful husband. For better or worse, Jesus isn’t going anywhere. When we repent of our sins, the Lord forgives and forgets them. He has also purposefully forgotten how to leave us.
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God’s love is that strong. His love is that unbreakable.
Lovely one, this post may not have started off pretty, but my prayer is that it filled you with hope.
The promise of the presence of God is the greatest joy we can ever attain. It is the only joy that nothing in this world can ever take away.
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27)
Will you choose the promise of Jesus today?
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