Read Jeremiah 29:10-14
“If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me.” –Jer. 29:13 (NLT)
It was an unseasonably cool August day on our family vacation. My deep-thinking, 8-year-old son had been fishing when he came around the lake, over by the swing I was enjoying. He stepped up on a log and shared his latest revelation.
“It’s weird, Mom, how the same word can mean the opposite thing!” He cast out his line, and I inquired as to what he meant.
“Well, the word whole with a “w” means all of it, and the word hole without a “w” means there’s nothing!” He marveled. I praised his reflection, and he turned with an amazed “Ha!” and went back to his favorite side of the small lake. I had no idea of the origin of his thought, but it got me thinking spiritually.
We all have a hole in our hearts, shaped to be filled only by God Himself. By God’s design, the cavernous feeling of emptiness from within this hole leads us to desperately seek its filling. We have to forsake all other attempts at filling it with romantic love, physical treasures, even seemingly good religious works, because it is only when we seek Him with our whole hearts that His wholeness can fill the whole hole in our hearts. His filling requires true repentance away from all our vain attempts to fill the emptiness, and to complete faith in Him as the Lord and Savior of our lives.
Have you have given Christ the whole hole in your heart and allowed Him alone to fill you completely? A lack of tangible peace and joy in your days is a strong indicator that you may still be trying to fill that hole with more emptiness. Seek him with your whole heart, and you will find Him.
Prayer: Father God, thank you that you are found by those who seek you with their whole hearts. Help us to do that for our salvation and for the struggles of daily living. In Jesus’ name, Amen
Thought for the Day: How can I give my whole heart to God today?