____ ___________ _____________ _____ _________.
You’re wondering what those blanks are for and why there was that blank space above, weren’t you? It just needs to be filled, doesn’t it?
How about these blanks:
I love ____________________
My heart is full of __________________________
God is ________________________________
See what I mean? You filled in the blanks probably without thinking.
Have you ever heard the term “silence is deafening? Try being silent sometime and just notice how people will fill that silence with talk. Any talk. Even babble.
What has happened when you get rid of a bad habit? Something filled that hole. Hopefully you intentionally replaced it with something good.
We fill in the blanks all the time and don’t even realize that’s what we’re doing.
A boy breaks up with a girl. In just a few months that girl gets another boyfriend because she just can’t stand to be alone.
A man is laid off from his job after serving for many years in the same position and he fills the empty days with alcohol or drugs.
Sometimes people fill their empty spaces with promiscuous sex, food, television or gambling. Empty spaces beg for something to fill them.
Read this passage in The Message translation: Luke 11:24-26 When a corrupting spirit is expelled from someone, it drifts along through the desert looking for an oasis, some unsuspecting soul it can bedevil. When it doesn’t find anyone, it says, ‘I’ll go back to my old haunt.’ On return, it finds the person swept and dusted, but vacant. It then runs out and rounds up seven other spirits dirtier than itself and they all move in, whooping it up. That person ends up far worse than if he’d never gotten cleaned up in the first place.
In this passage Jesus is warning us about what can happen if we don’t fill our empty spaces with the things of God. Empty spaces will be filled with something and we must make certain that “something” is Jesus Christ.
Here’s the question. How have you filled in that blank about God? God is _____________. With what your parents told you? With what you’ve read about? With what your preacher said? With what you heard on TV? I touched on this in last week’s blog, too, but it’s important.
Do you have anger in your heart?
Do you take God’s word lightly at times?
Do you criticize others for not thinking or being more like you?
Do you think very highly of yourself?
Do you put yourself down?
Do you have a issue you can’t overcome – alcohol, drugs, pornography, overeating, too much social media, not spending time with the Lord…?
Do you let worry rule your thoughts?
If so, something other than God’s word has filled in the some of the blanks of your heart. What can you do? Fill in this blank with the only true source of help.
I will trust in ________________.