You made known to me the path of life;

in your presence there is fullness of joy;

at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Psalm 16: 11


There is a deep and unquenchable thirst, a longing, an empty or a blank space in life that defies human filling. Almost everyone has a sense of need that is rooted deep inside the heart; a need that can take on a life of its own, that can demand immediate attention. Sometimes it hangs out in the background and nags at us; at other times it is ravenous like a pack of teenage boys. It is almost as if something vital to healthy function is missing from us. The need and the drive to satisfy it are so great that most people seek after its resolution on a continual basis. We try out things that enthrall, exhilarate, motivate, and captivate us. We pour work, hobbies, avocation, and passion down our throats in gag inducing quantities. Powerful emotions and drives are given control of our hearts; yet, the void remains. Nothing satisfies; nothing meets the need.


That is, nothing meets this fundamental need other than Christ. The empty place is the void created when people rejected the relationship with the divine that God designed into them. Conversely, satisfaction is found only in becoming filled with the Spirit of God, and that is done through Jesus. But there is more; for, the craving doesn’t go away completely. In a way it is like a desire to eat sweet foods; we may have an ample supply of good basic food to eat, but we still eat the candy and continue to fill a big bowl with ice cream.


God knows us; therefore, He keeps reminding us to seek satisfaction in the place where it is certain. Thus, the Lord continually calls us to His side. By staying focused on the Lord, life’s emptiness will be filled to overflowing with joy, and every need will be met with unfailing delight. When those age-old cravings that we have learned to fill with the emptiness of sin’s confections call to us, God says that we need to turn instead to Him. Then Christ will provide us with a feast, with His banquet table loaded to overflowing with soul satisfying nourishment.