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So if you think you are standing, watch out that you do not fall. 1 Corinthians 10:12

 

Our daughter and her husband were coming in one hour with their three year old son and a brand new baby born. But three nights prior a huge storm had moved though packing straight line winds in excess of seventy miles per hour. When everyone on our street emerged from the safety of our basements, we saw what looked like a war zone. Although no houses were badly damaged, thirty year old trees had been blown down, blocking the streets. Power was out and debris was everywhere. We first began to clear away the fallen trees. But I had company coming! When I tried to sweep our house with a broom and dustpan, I desperately missed having electricity to run the vacuum cleaner. A simple appliance that we take for granted was not available to me when I needed it.

 

Seventeenth century French philosopher Blaise Pascal said, “There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.” Many people come to Christ trying to fill that void. That is why I bowed at the feet of Jesus nearly forty years ago this month. I had completely run out of answers, options, and excuses. My life was on a downhill spiral and I believed I was destined to be unhappy and dissatisfied with myself for the rest of my days. But the indwelling Christ changed all of that, and now I feel my heart bursting with love for my Savior.

 

People have tried since time began to fill the “God shaped vacuum” with other things. Money, sex, drugs and alcohol, and any number of “philosophies” have been used in an attempt to satisfy the yearning people have to feel “whole.” This world is filled with “vacuum cleaners” that try to suck out of people what could be a natural and gratifying relationship with the King of the universe. First Timothy 6:9 says, “Those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.” Are you filling that “God shaped vacuum” with what is supposed to fit there perfectly?

 

Fill us, Lord, with Your perfect love.

 

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