The Void In Our Hearts
Updated: Jan 24, 2020
Chan Gin Kai
“When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first.” (Luke 11:24-26)
Some people opposed Jesus with baseless accusations. Instead of crumbling from discouragement or escalating into conflict, he calmly cleared the misconceptions and seized the opportunity to explain to his hearers the need to have God in their hearts.
Jesus told them that even if a demon is cast out from a person’s heart, he will turn out worse if he doesn’t fill his heart with God, because more evil will come in to fill the vacuum. If we don't fill our hearts with God and His goodness, bad will enter.
An idle mind is the devil’s workshop; an empty heart is the devil’s playground.
When God created human beings, He created us to have a relationship with Him. He loves us, and He hopes we love Him in return. He designed a relationship with the potential to be the most beautiful ever. That was what it was meant to be in Eden, with Adam, Eve and their descendants.
When humanity fell into sin, we hurt God deeply, but He did not give up on us. We became defiled and unworthy, but the Almighty and Omnipotent still desired to love us. He made the ultimate sacrifice so that we could be washed clean and draw close to Him again. We need only open up our hearts to accept and love Him.
But though all of us feel the gnawing void in our hearts, we do not all turn to God. Sadly, we turn to many other things in the world as we search for meaning and happiness.
Some believe in sappy serenades and put their hopes in romance. It does put the sweetest smile on the face and set the heart aflutter. But they pursue it fervently, only to find after a merry-go-round of partners that romance, though beautiful, is not the answer.
Some seek bliss in human relationships. A marriage built on godly foundations does bring a lot of joy. Parenthood can be a precious blessing. And great friendships are incredible to have too. But no spouse, child, friend or any other human can ever be a substitute for God.
Some turn to the quest for knowledge. Others chase after wealth and the accumulation of material things. Whether it is for a sense of achievement or to indulge in the undeniable pleasures that many of these do bring, the void in our hearts grows bigger when we pursue them.
The failure of these things to fill our hearts should be a wake-up call and turn us to God. But sadly, many dive deeper into ugly or even fatal choices in their desperation. Clinging on to toxic relationships, addicted to alcohol, hooked on gambling, or even abusing drugs, many have destroyed their lives. It’s like what Jesus described, “And the final condition of that person is worse than the first.”
We may all try different things but we will all arrive at the same conclusion – everything fails.
Solomon eloquently wrote a whole book, on this subject - “Everything is meaningless” (Ecclesiastes). And he came to this conclusion after indulging in everything... spouses, children, knowledge, achievements, wealth, pleasures, and more:
Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil. (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)
We may find some joy and pleasure in many things, but we will never find meaning and the true happiness that God has intended for us through them. Only God can fill that void. Let’s fill our hearts with God and His goodness.
Chan Gin Kai
Gin Kai is a film producer who believes in the power of media to inspire positive changes. He has spearheaded disaster relief and capacity building projects in impoverished communities across Asia. In church, he serves as a mentor to young professionals in the EDGE Ministry. He describes himself as "just a sinner who wants to get right with God". Gin Kai joined the Central Christian Church in 1988.