"There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every person, and it can never be filled by any created thing. It can only be filled by God, made known through Jesus Christ.” - Blaise Pascal, Pensees
Most people don't sell their souls to the devil all at once. They end up giving them away in little bits over time. We're all trying to figure ourselves out and most of us don't do a very good job. So, we settle for quick unencumbered solutions to very complicated and complex questions. Most of us are driven by desires we don't understand. We want to have things in common with others but we don't want to be common. We all search for meaning but have a tendency to search in all the wrong places. Maybe there should be a Country and Western song from the 1980's playing in the background as you read this blog.
Many of us want to discover something unique about ourselves and why we are here on the planet. It's possible that deep down in our souls we're all hopeful that we're here for some truly significant reason. Once we find the reason, our lives will take on deeper meaning, our relationships will be released to discover deeper levels of intimacy and our existence will be confirmed by the truth that each one of us is worthy of love and irreplaceable. You may already know the central themes of the Bible and that God unequivocally expresses his absolute and unconditional love for us. Sadly, many in the world don't know the truth and are trapped in hopeless labyrinths of confusion attempting to find love, purpose and meaning on their own.
We are designed to love and be loved by God. But sin has hijacked our God-given desires for love, connection and meaning. Sin sometimes creeps into our soul as arrogance. Arrogance blinds us. We might even argue that it is impossible to truly love someone and be arrogant at the same time. Arrogance can become a coping strategy for people who are afraid to love or who have been so hurt by prior relationships they give up on love all together. There are many stories in the Bible that illustrate our point. But, King David's defining moment chronicled in 2 Samuel 12 is our selection for the series opener as we dive into our Summer Series called Crave. Stop looking in all the wrong places and find your heart in the right place this weekend at any of our worship services. See you at church this weekend.
Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me,and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24 NIV A Psalm of David