It is the pressure and pain that penetrates people with emptiness. It makes you the victim of a venomous vacuum deep in the spirit. It is loneliness: the restlessness within that reduces life into hopelessness. It subtracts happiness, multiplies pain, adds frustration and divides the mind into a state of constant worry.
Loneliness can indicate internal indigestion of God’s word. Like indigestion of food, there is pain associated with indigestion of God’s Word. It can lead to pain deep in the spirit, and the reaction can be grabbing a strong drink, belching out lies or seeking medication that alters the mind to escape the reality of disobedience. When we fail to absorb, acknowledge or adhere to the Holy Spirit, we can be in the midst of thousands of people and still suffer from loneliness.
We may even believe being around a crowd equates to togetherness, happiness and the end of hopelessness, but this is far from the truth. Emptiness keeps a person unhappy no matter how many people surround them. Emptiness implies the absence of contents. The emptiness we experience is a bottomless pit we attempt to fill with temporary, earthly things. Instead, we should seek to fill it and seal it with lasting spiritual things.
Would you drive across the hot desert with an empty bottle of water or fly across the ocean with a fuel tank low on gasoline? The logical answer is no, yet we drive through life’s difficulties lacking the Word of God. We fly across the ocean of despair without the fuel of the Holy Spirit, resourced by the Word of God. Thus we wander and worry about the void deep in our spirit as we continue to do things our way, which means we’re leaving God out of our decision making and drifting aimlessly.
Aimlessness is unclear intent or a misdirected purpose. This mentality comes from wanting something for nothing. The evil one gives us another worldly mentality called instant gratification by way of drugs, alcohol or making an excuse for irresponsibility. Drifting into hopelessness can leave you heartbroken and hapless, but God says “the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:7).
A piece of peace is: “Let not your heart be troubled” (John 14:1). Another piece of peace is: “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Hebrews 13:5). The peace I speak of can be a companion in our loneliness and the fullness of love for our emptiness. If you really want peace, seek the Father through the Son by way of the Holy Spirit. Peace comes through obedience, forgiveness, and love for one another. The greatest peace comes from the comfort in knowing this: “God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).
by Gerald Bower