Posts Tagged ‘faith’

How to Fill Your Spiritual Void

April 1, 2008

Most of us like to enjoy the things of this earth like having stylish clothes,  a comfortable spacious home,  nice car,  great wealth,  supportive friends ,loving relationships ,  exciting travel experiences,  or a promising career path.  These are some of the goals that most people may  aim for in their lives.  There is nothing wrong with these things.

As we strive to achieve these goals, we may believe that once we have acquired them, we will be ultimately satisfied in the long term. However many individuals discover when they finally realise these goals that their  still is a feeling of emptiness in the core of their being.

In a short documentary about a famous band, the lead singer (who shall remain nameless), expressed the fact that when he finally achieved success in terms of millions of records sold world wide and ultimate fame,  there was still an emptiness inside him.  This forced him to ask himself  – “why do I still not feel happy even at this high point in my career? What am I missing in my life ?  What is it that I still need”.

I had a friend (who has now passed away) who once shared with me some experiences in her younger years.  She had been a highly attractive woman who was like the “rose” of high society.  Sought after by many suitors she admitted that she had never had her heart broken but fortunately always had the upper hand when it came to men.  Naturally she would be invited to all the grand parties and played hostess to many of her own.   However when these were all over and everyone went home, she admitted to a feeling of  emptiness in her soul and thought to  herself   “is this all there is to life?  Surely there is something more?”

In one of my songs called “It’s Christmas” there is a line which says ….”there’s a void we all have in our souls that only one can fill”.  I would like to suggest that this feeling of emptiness that these two people felt, is the longing for spiritual fulfilment which is present in every human being .  We all long for something deeper than just surface satisfaction provided by the material things of this world.  Our longing is to be re-united with our Creator – to restore our relationship with God so we can experience the innocence of the Garden of Eden .  This can only be achieved through Jesus Christ and his saving work of the cross.   Through his death on the cross He is able to forgive and wipe away our sins so that we can have a direct relationship with our Maker once again.   What we must do, is to ask God for the faith to believe, ask Jesus’ Holy Spirit to fill  the empty place in our souls, and from then on, commit our lives to following Him.  It is only though this commitment that we can experience the peace,  cleansing and innocence once again for the rest of our lives. 

Fortunately for my friend she eventually found Jesus later in her life to fill the empty void within her soul. Jesus is like the missing link in our lives that we are searching for.  Some may think that relationships,  wealth or earthly pleasures will ultimately satisfy us.  However the truth is, that only a knowledge and relationship with  Jesus can give us lasting inner spiritual peace and fulfilment that we need.  Through Jesus we can also become part of the family of God which includes all of his true followers here on earth.  We are like another pearl added to a beautiful pearl necklace, where Jesus is the strong clasp that holds us together to renders us wearable to fulfil it’s purpose .

Finding Jesus  is also like finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.  The ironic thing is that when we experience the unconditional love and saving work of Jesus in a real way,  the blessings on this earth become more enjoyable.  The reason for this, is that we now realise who is responsible for giving us all good gifts on this earth, whether they  be material possessions or the beauty of nature , and therefore can now marvel  rejoice and praise God for  His creation and the different ways he provides for us.

Knowing Jesus can enrich our lives in a greater way.  Have you found your missing link yet?

By Adelle Arwen
Gospel Singer Songwriter & Recording Artist
http://www.strengthinyourstruggles.com/

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How Gideon Overcame His Fear and Inadequacy

April 1, 2008

A few weeks ago I was very encouraged to read the story about Gideon in the Bible from the book of Judges 6:1-32.  At the beginning of the story , Gideon had such a low opinion of himself that when God first called him to help defeat the Midianites,  he didn’t really believe it was really God speaking to him .  Hence he felt compelled to lay out a fleece to see if it would become wet while the surrounding ground would remain dry.  Even when God made this happen as a sign for Gideon ,  he was still not fully convinced that it was God speaking .  Hence Gideon felt the need to lay the fleece out a second time just to be sure.When Gideon obeyed God’s first instruction to tear down the altar to Baal and replace it with a proper altar to The Lord, he was still filled with fear.  This was shown when Gideon chose to fulfill God’s instruction at night, so no one would see him.   However as Gideon took action and obeyed God step by step,   God gradually changed him to become a confident and courageous leader filled with His strength.  This is evident in 7: 17 – 18 where Gideon commands his small army ” Watch me… Follow my lead.  When I get to the edge of the camp, do exactly as I do. When I and all who are with me blow our trumpets, then from all around the camp blow yours and shout ‘For the Lord and for Gideon “. 

The result was that Gideon and his army experienced an amazing supernatural victory. When the Midianites suddenly heard the loud crashing of pots and glass by the Israelite troops, God’s spirit caused them to turn against each other.  As a result Gideon’s army didn’t even have to fight the enemy in the usual way.

Hence Gideon was commended for his obedience and faith in the Lord, and is later mentioned in the ” Hall of Faith”  in the book of Hebrews 11:32 from the New Testament.   This account can be a great encouragement to us,  especially when we may feel fearful and inadequate for the task God calls us to do.  If we choose to trust and obey Him,  he will fill us with his strength and power to experience His victory.


By Adelle Arwen
Gospel Singer Songwriter & Recording Artist
http://www.strengthinyourstruggles.com/