For this reason, also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding. Colossians 1:9

You may have heard the phrase “every person has a God shaped hole.” It is from French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre who was actually an atheist trying to make the point that people search for God to fill an emptiness in them that can never be filled. He was right: we can’t fill it; only God can fill it. We can trust him to fill us in the right way with the right things.

We try filling the hole in our lives with a lot of things. We make valiant attempts at coping with, numbing, and filling that empty place. God made us and is asking us to let him fill us up and give us life abundant. Instead of the empty hole in our life causing us to clutch and grasp at the nearest fix, imagine the hole representing your openness to be filled, like an outstretched hand ready to receive. Elijah let God fill that hole by crossing a wilderness and sitting in a cave at Mt. Horeb, a place where others had met God. He waited for God to fill his emptiness, and God gave him what he needed most, the very presence of God himself. In a still, small voice, God told him what to do next, he obeyed, and shortly after he was whisked away to heaven.

How are we filled with the knowledge of His will? When we are filled with him, we will be filled with the knowledge of his will. It is personal and specific. It’s more about how much of us the Spirit has rather than how much of the Spirit we have. Our life becomes an outflow and an overflow of being filled by God himself. Spend a prayerful moment with open upturned palms. Close your eyes and let God do the speaking and the filling.

By Donna Burns

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