The Void

I prefer to live in constant distraction. I do whatever I can to occupy my mind. I make my life busy. I keep my life noisy.  I try to avoid the moments when everything is still. I chase after awards and accolades hoping they’ll ignite a passion in me. I see other people living, but I feel like I’m just existing. Sound familiar?

If you’re not sure how to say yes to God and fill this void, you can pray a prayer like this:

God I need you. Please forgive me for the things I’ve done. Forgive me for turning my back on you and going my own way. Take control of my life and make me more like you. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. Thank you for your love. Amen.

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36 Responses to “The Void”

  • Elkay says:

    Hi Ednah . . . . I think you are responding with thanks for the gift of hope to the “words of God” that Jamie posted. All of Scripture was inspired by the Holy Spirit. While He used man to pen each line, every thought and word in the Bible originated with God Himself (2 Peter 1:20-21). The Bible is thus the primary way for us to personally know God and by reading it attentively, we are positioned to be changed by God to become more like Christ.

    What’s more, Romans 10:17 explains the great importance of our love for the Bible: “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.” Scripture, then, is the very means by which saving faith is possible. May God indeed bless you richly as you dwell in His Word to mankind.

  • ednah says:

    good day

    this is ednah

    thanks for words of god. you did give me hope and i feel bless

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi Peter, Thanks for sharing your passion and excitement about following Jesus. I agree that God is not some impersonal force. He is not just a culmination of all of nature. He indeed is the supreme Person with whom we are invited to have a relationship with. As the part of Creation that bears His likeness, we are welcomed into a unique intimacy with Him, and it is through that interaction that we are made complete, that we live out our intended purpose.

    One of the ways that we know God is through the things He has made. We join the Psalmist is worshipping Him, “The Heavens declare the glory of God. Day after day they pour forth speech.” (Psalm 19:1), “For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he made it, and his hands formed the dry land. Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker; for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.” (Psalm 95:3-7). We also listen to the teaching of Paul who wrote that we can know God through looking at what He has made, “They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.” (Romans 1:19-20)

    We also know God through what He has revealed through the writings of the biblical authors. Their inspired works speak of the character of God and help us to know Him better.

    The most comprehensive way that we know God is through His Son, Jesus, who said, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.” (John 14:9) Even though no one living today saw Jesus when He walked on Earth, we can still know Him because He has been resurrected from the dead and lives in His Church, His people. Jesus said, “Blessed are those who have not seen, and have yet believed.” (John 20:29)

    May God bless you as you continue to seek His face and proclaim His message to those He calls you to share with.

  • peter says:

    with all due respect,
    why oh why when talking of God you place a picture of cosmos or space or pristine look of nature ???
    Please pass it on in your group:
    Has God become a Nature ? seems you are pantheists, and do not know who God is.
    Nature is the energy of God, He created it, controls it and destroy at His will, but He didn’t become universe.

    It has become so fashionable in most of Churches that they (you) obscure Jesus’ figure and personality !
    He is banished from mega churches by some abstract huge cross or sometimes even void of any image of Jesus.
    Yet Jesus, Lord and Master, HAS a shape – He walked the earth, He talked and acted in so many ways – He wasn’t obscure figure.
    Although He is God’s Son – we can assume thru Jesus’ identity and figure – that God, the Father has also shape and form !

    God is a Person, Supreme Person – if we all were created in ”His image” – it’s exact truth, not an allegory !
    So why do you ALL portray GOD and Jesus without faces ?
    why do you banish Him/Them and are afraid to paint Their images ?
    why you all looks so good in your suits, white shirts and post so many photos but make God and Jesus impersonal figure?

    Seems you are not followers of God and teach only some obscure message based on teachings of Master.
    Didn’t He made clear enough that when He comes then won’t recognize Him ?
    His wrath will be great when He sees what preachers did in HIS NAME …

    My point is not to make you angry or curse you, but truly inspire so you can stop this impersonal propaganda
    in the name of religion !
    Why did you abandon imagery and statues in the congregations ?
    Again: since you don’t know how God the Father looks like you present Him with cosmic imagery
    think about it please
    it’s a kind of offence as also considering Him as Father and avoid Him as Person. He, Being God, has perfect form
    and is conscious of everything but He doesn’t loos His Personality, He doesn’t merge with His existence, it has to be undersood
    but pantheistic view denies His Individual Form
    since you study Bible, so you know that God has shown His back to Moses, or spoke thru burning bush or as voice in the cloud etc
    all this happened because humans were not mature and pure to see Him face to face,
    but He CAN be seen or directed.
    He got angry at worshiping idols because He ONLY deserves worship but you still are not mature to comprehend what is image of God.
    Ask yourself – how impersonal, formless entity can be angry ? or show mercy? or judge ?
    All this can be accomplished by a PERSON – not a faceless energy !
    So if you won’t stop your impersonal teachings He will show His anger again ….
    if you direct your prayers – where they go ? yes He hears everything but does impersonal cloud listens to our prayers?
    of course not !!! it a LIVE Personality !!!!
    do you understand my message ?

    Making imagery of Jesus or God is not a adultery !!!
    worshiping Image or Statue of God or His Son is on Absolute platform !
    so if you still don’t know of God’s face at least don’t make Jesus obscure figure !!!!!!!

    please google this: Jesus I trust in you
    you will see and image of Jesus in robes with His palm placed on the chest and two rays of light
    do a research – this image was directly ordered to be paint by Jesus ,
    the is whole diary left by a Polish nun with clear instructions from Jesus and prayer to be directed in front of the image.

    Please read this email in your group. It’s for everybody
    your well wisher,
    i’m not a priest, it doesn’t matter who I am, just the servant of my Lord…
    if you got ears – contemplate on this message and discuss,
    if you have further questions, email me back
    but please don’t drop me pages of quotations from the Bible
    your hearts, if they are truly with the Lord, will understand this message

    Peter

  • Elkay says:

    Giuseppe, in the video The Void on this webpage, John 10:10 is quoted as . . . “Jesus came so that we can have real and eternal life, more and better than we ever dreamed of.”

    Jesus Christ is God, the living Word, who became flesh through His miraculous conception by the Holy Spirit and His virgin birth. Hence, He is perfect Deity and true humanity united in one Person forever.

    He lived a sinless life and voluntarily atoned for our sins by dying on the cross as our substitute, thus satisfying divine justice and accomplishing salvation for all who trust in Him alone.

    What more than that could you possibly want?

    Jesus also made it possible for us to become adopted children of God the Father in an “Abba, Father” relationship which means I receive His mercy, compassion and love for me, His personal interest in me and consistent concern for my good, His willingness to provide for my needs and to protect me, and He uses His perfect knowledge, judgment and wisdom in guiding and caring for me.

    The sole basis for this belief is the Bible, God’s inerrant written Word, the 66 books of the Old and New Testaments. We believe that it was uniquely, verbally and fully inspired by the Holy Spirit and that it was written without factual error in the original manuscripts. It is the supreme and final authority in all matters on which it speaks.

    When you introduce any source other than the Bible into the basis for your religious beliefs, you risk losing all of these blessings so I have to ask, “Why would you do that and is it really worth it?”

  • Susan says:

    Jared

    Thank for your comment! Isn’t our God is an awesome God?

  • Susan says:

    Dan,

    Pray about this. Tell God about your heart desire. I am sure, God will guide you. Learning God’s Word is important and God will honor you. I am sure, God will guide you and bless you. But, pray and pray about this.

    Start sharing the gospel with your friends and relatives and family. This is you can start with. have you every shared your joy/your testimony with others Dan?

  • Elkay says:

    Joanne, one thing we can do is to continue to pray alongside Joe. God is well aware of this situation and has plans we may not even be able to understand. So join me and others in praying that the right job is just around the corner for him.

    And I hope everyone understands why sharing personal information is prohibited because “you just never know if some unscrupulous person may be ‘listening in’ on our conversations.” At the same time, if anyone can help point Joe in the direction of a possible job that would be great.

    “Heavenly Father, You have invited s to come to Your Throne of Grace to find help in out times of trouble and Joe, one of Your adopted sons, is in need of a job. He has bared his soul to You in prayer, accepting his trials and asking to experience Your love for him. So we ask You to arrange a path to the right job at the right time for him in a way that he can know You have responded to his prayers. This is our request and we bring it to You in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. Amen.”

  • Joanne says:

    Joe A. What kind of work do you do? Maybe someone on here can help find you a job.

  • Tom Tom says:

    Joe–
    James 1:2-4 tells us, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

    There is profit in ALL suffering because God uses suffering for our benefit.

  • Sharon says:

    to Joe Aranes trials are never good but in scripture it says we have to rejoice in all circumstances trials included trials are no fun I have been through tooo many for my liking but it is to grow us closer to God. it is either let us be better or bitter- sharon

  • Joe Aranes says:

    I would also join in with those who say that the enemy (Satan) would LOVE nothint better than to have our trials drive us away from God, so DON’T LET THIS HAPPEN!!! I am not God, so I can’t say wny what trials I and others come about, but I can say that I have been through many of them, and God always brought me through them, and I usually learned something valuable from them, though I still don’t like them!

  • Joe Aranes says:

    I just prayed, after hearing a Christian pastor on the radio, thanking God for my trials, and asking for forgiveness for doubting HIs love for me because of them.

    Doesn’t Matter, you feel EXACTLY how i felt. Then I prayed a prayer of thanks for my trials, as God would not let me have them just to be mean, but for either a test, or a toughening up. I’ll admit I don’t like trials, but better to learn something from them, than curse God1

  • Sharon says:

    to J Aranes I know you don’t want prayer but if you respond to this web site all we can do is pray for a job for you. lead him to a good job so he can work again and reveal him to your love God I know this doesn’t mean nothing to you but can not God send people like us to encourage you in God for me I know don’t hear from God sometimes but I see God in creation and there I know He loves me I love this time of year leaves turning just the leaves turning and you living should be good for you knowing God loves you just saying sharon

  • J. Aranes says:

    And, PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE don’t respond with Bible “spouting” as I know the Bible better than most, and there is no help there. IF someone is bleeding to death, do you prray for them, or get them medical help?!!? Similarly, I don’t NEED prayer, or “helpful” Bible verses, I need a job, and, more importantly, some glimpse outside of the BIble that I mean ANYTHING to Him, which to date, I’ve not felt. All around me are those who feel God’s presence, and the idea that I should not / am not is hateful to me, and I don’t need to hear from YOU or the Bible how God loves me, I need to hear if from HIM, and HIM alone.

  • J. Aranes says:

    I don’t need prayer, I need a job and even the faintest feeling that God even carea a LITTLE about me, and I have neither, the second of these I’ve never had, despite following, praising and obeying Him for all my life.

  • Sharon says:

    to Jared amen good comment thanks for your comment God bless you– sharon

  • jared says:

    All I know is that God is real,every second He watches us all. Every second He accounts for our well being, no matter your situation He is our Father, He still own silver and gold, He is taking care of everything,a all we need to do as His children is to give Him time, time to relate with us.

  • Sharon says:

    to Caroline at 16 and no real friends how rough is that I can’t imagine on what you went through, how are you now? I am praying for you- sharon

  • Caroline says:

    I am that person sitting on the floor when I was 16 wondering what next but actually I was probably staring into space not knowing anything only no real friends

  • Tina Segura says:

    To Doesn’t Matter and anyone feeling the same way:

    It’s been a few months since your post so I’m not sure if you will read this. But to those who are on the brink to giving up: DON’T. I know you are tired of hearing, “Hang in there”. “God loves you”. “Wait on God”. “Just have faith”. I agree. Hearing that over and over without relief can become tiresome. BUT, can I tell you something. No one wants you to give up more than the enemy. It could be weeks, months, years even. He waits and he wants you to decide that life is not worth living and that God doesn’t care. You have to get to a point where you are willing to believe God no matter what. No matter how hopeless it seems. No matter how bad it looks and no matter how long you’ve been waiting for change. Believe God’s promises. Recite them daily. Decide that only God is truth and no matter what changes, trust that He won’t. You will witness change. You will see your miracle. God declares it.

  • Elkay says:

    Alexander, you are so right-on. We’ll never fully understand God’s ways, but we can know that His compassion and concern are bigger than the suffering of the whole world, and in the fullness of time, He will make all things right. When our heavenly Father allows tragedies and pain, we may wonder how to process such situations in light of what the Scriptures teach about the Lord’s goodness and the expression of His benevolence towards us.

    Well, God’s character is perfect, and everything He does is right. (See Deut. 32:4.) He is “compassionate and gracious … and abounding in lovingkindness” (Ps. 103:8). By His very nature, God is good. Second, our heavenly Father expresses His goodness based on His purpose of conforming us to the image of Christ (Rom. 8:29). From the Lord’s perspective, everything that fits into His plan is beneficial for us.

    The greatest demonstration of our Father’s goodness is seen in His Son’s life and death. Jesus left His heavenly home, took on the form of man, suffered, and died in our place so we might be forgiven (Phil. 2:6-8). Because of what our Savior endured, we who have trusted in Him are adopted into God’s family, and heaven is our eternal home. That’s what Christianity promises.

  • Alexander Starreveld says:

    It’s funny really. The way this article is advertising the gospel is as an escape to lifes problems. When this isn’t true. As a Christian you won’t avoid hardships but you’ll GO THROUGH them. But they won’t be meaningless, they will be for yours, Gods and others ultimate good. A lot of Christians think that God is there to bless us, when in reality we are there to bless and glorify God.

    Just because you become a Christian, doesn’t mean that you’ll never feel empty, worthless, depressed or void ever again. You will. But in the very least, it won’t be meaningless.

    The key is to look at life from Gods perspective. With the eyes of eternity. His ways really aren’t our ways.

  • M. Jantzen says:

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  • Aldo says:

    Peace and Love, thank you for that wonderful discourse. If only more of us Christians realized that everything that happens to us is filtered through God’s Providence. Our lives would be less hectic and more at peace.

    Have you considered the possibility of becoming a mentor with Power To Change. If so, you can go to truthmedia.com and click on Get Involved, then on Become a Mentor.

  • Peace and Love says:

    (As I write to everyone, I am also writing to myself because it is a fight of faith to keep in a positive mindset). I am reading the Bible and books from Byron Katie that help me with my natural desire to fight reality. We all have a choice when we are not happy with the course of our life/the past. We have the choice to draw closer to God and see what He is trying to teach us, or harden our hearts and be upset and not grow in faith. The following summary I read somewhere regarding some verses in Isaiah really put trials in perspective for me.
    (Isaiah 30:1-22) The rebuke is given for trusting in allies rather than in the LORD in the time of chastening, which is designed to bring about faith.
    -This tells me that everything I face has come through God’s designing hand first–permitted by God. This does not mean God likes everything that He permits people to do but He has allowed it for His own reasons. Since God can use everything for my good I believe He works things into His design to achieve His purposes. We also have a choice to believe our negative thoughts or not…to grow where we are planted or not. What is God’s will right now?…We are looking at it because it has already come through His hands. Would I be okay with it if when I get to heaven if God tells me I am never to know why things were allowed to happen in my life or why I didn’t get what I wanted? The truth is that my opinion about what God should or shouldn’t do in my life does not matter; it only matters what His will is. Do I have the faith to accept this? Will I grow and see the positives even though I don’t have what I believe would be best for me and will I grow in faith and watch and see what God does? I feel that we are in a good place in life when we have more questions for God than answers for Him. Who asked the relevant questions in the book of Job? It wasn’t Job. May God bless you and keep you and remain God’s clay. If you stiffen yourself in anger and bitterness you block blessings.

  • jon macvean says:

    gods myth/ wonderful plan for life horse pucky nothing but test after test destroyed dreams trial after trial he can have his horse crap i dont want it he can pick on someone else jon macvean

  • HLM says:

    I’m my own best company and though I have many friends and acquaintances I like my “alone time”. What if I’m happy, am engaged in making the world a better place, have lots of time and my own business and someone who shares my love, what is my motivation, as pertains to this video, then?

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi Hate So Much, loneliness is a difficult thing to bear. We are made to be in relationship and when true love eludes it takes a toll on body mind and soul. You mentioned God’s declaration that it is not good for man to be alone. Does God play a part in the way you live your life? If so, in what way? Do you relate to the guy in the video at all? Why or why not?

  • Hate So Much Being Single says:

    Well for many of us Good men which i will speak for others as well which i am sure that many others will certainly agree with me that being Single is very Depressing when your all Alone all the time with No one to share your life with. It hurts to see so many others that were Very Blessed with the Gift Of Life to be married with a Wonderful Wife And Family that many of us Would Have wanted as well. Loneliness is certainly No fun at all like i just mentioned especially when you see so many others having a Great time going places and being together with their families going on trips and meeting other family members and having the time of their life which makes it very Sad for us Not being that Lucky at all Unfortunately. But since the women of today that have really Changed for the Worst since many of them that now have their Careers are so very high maintenance, independent, selfish, spoiled, greedy, picky, and so very power money hungry which certainly had a lot to do with it why many of us Good men are still Single today since we really Can’t at all Blame ourselves now that so many women of today really want the Best of all and will Never settle for Less since it is all about them today. God forbid if many women were to go with a man that makes much Less money than they do which would be a very Rare Case since that is much Less likely to happen since Most women really want it all today which many of the women today do prefer men with Mega Bucks because of their Greed And Selfishness that i have just mentioned since many of us men are Not Single by choice. Quite a Change in the women of today compared to the Good old fashioned women of years ago when Most of the women back then were Never Ever like that at all since Both men and women in those days really had to Struggle to make ends meat since they Hardly had any money to begin with and were Living with their Parents at that time. Even God did say that man should Never be alone which i certainly will Agree on that since it really does take two to tangle. Unfortunately many of us men were just Born at a very bad time which it was just too bad that we Weren’t Born many years Earlier like our family members were which even we Would Have been all Settled Down by now with our own Good Wife And Family that we still Don’t have today.

  • Sharon says:

    to sad and sometimes mad prayer–father God I pray for this person I pray for Christians to come along this persons path to encourage this person in you and I pray that you will hear the desires of this person heart to have someone to love and for this person to love back I pray for a miracle for this person I pray all of this in JESUS name amen I am praying for you. God be with you and I pray that you can feel his nearness at this time.– sharon

  • Sad and sometimes mad says:

    I liked this last post and its answer. I just feel like I am trapped in my situation. I am struggling to make ends meet, but for most of my life I have felt alone. I know God cares about me and Jesus died for my sins, but I have been praying for years to find someone and it just hasn’t happened. Though I know I am blessed in a lot of ways– it is hard being single. Most of my friends have gotten married and naturally we have grown apart. I feel like I am the exact same person I was 20 years ago. It’s like I haven’t moved on in my life. I never got married or went to college. I went to work. I feel helpless and hopeless. I know that after marriage, all of my problems won’t go away. After that I would actually get a whole set of different problems. I know my heart is bent toward sin and I have strong holds in my life- I have tried being very busy in service and I have tried living the best way I can and try to be a good christian– it just seems like I am never going to be happy. I am jealous of people who have family around them and have a good support system. When someone who I know is a christian snubs me– it hurts twice as bad, because I have little support- what am I too do?

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi Doesn’t Matter, I can understand how frustrating it is to ask God for something but never receive it, when it seems like so many other people get the things they ask for. Sometimes it can seem like God is very distant and the silence from Him can be overwhelming. You probably are aware that there was something that Jesus asked for that He did not receive, as well as a time when He felt the weight of His Father’s silence. Mark wrote of Jesus prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane just prior to His arrest when He spoke to His Father, “Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me.” (Mark 14:36) ‘The cup’ that He was referring to was the suffering He would have to endure to take upon Himself the penalty for all of our sin. One of the things that we learn from Jesus in that moment, is the proper heart attitude we need to have in prayer which is an acknowledgement that God knows far more than we do and it is important that we submit to His will over our own. In Jesus’ prayer, He was quick to follow up His request with, “Yet not what I will, but what you will.” He was willing to trust His Father’s plan even if it was the way of suffering because He knew that God’s infinite perspective is perfect and that He leads us into the path, and bring us those things which are best for us.

    I know that it is hard to accept God’s plan when it doesn’t match up what we think is best for us. I am inclined to think that I could be a better follower of Jesus if He gives me the things I ask for. But when I am honest with myself I have to admit that God’s perfect perspective is infinitely better than mine and I need to trust what He brings to me. When I follow Jesus’ example and submit to God’s will I can be sure that He will lead me into the circumstances that are best, even if they are not easy or pain-free.

    That can be hard when it seems like God is silent. Jesus’ anguished cry on the cross reveals the moment in time when He experienced separation from His Father; Mark records that for us in his Mark 15:34, “And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”” So Jesus knows what it is to feel like God is far away. I think there are two things that we can learn from Jesus’ experience on the cross: 1) when we feel like God is far away there is usually something in our lives that has separated us from Him. It is God’s nature to communicate and so if we can’t hear Him speaking to us there is likely there is something in our lives that we are holding on to that is blocking our connection with Him and not that He is going against His own character; 2) Even though Jesus felt the separation from His Father we know that God the Father was watching every moment of His Son’s suffering because He cared so perfectly for His Son. When it feels like God is not listening to our prayers you can be sure that His infinite attention has never left you. His whole purpose for creating you was to be in relationship with Him, so He is not going to just abandon us. He promise is “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrew 13:5) Ask Him to show you what is getting in the way of hearing His voice. Often in my life, when it seems like God is not speaking to me I have to go back to the last thing He asked me to do and there I realize I ignored what He had said to me.

    So what have you been asking for that God has been withholding? How long has this been going on? Have there been times in your life when you did hear from God?

    I would like to pray with you: Dear Jesus, I would like to pray for my friend here. You know what he/she has been going through and the desperation that has overwhelmed. I pray that You would help him/her to submit to Your will and purposes, and that You would reveal what is blocking Your presence in his/her life. Show him/her that You are there with all of Your infinite attention directed at him/her. Amen.

    I look forward to hearing back from you Doesn’t Matter. I will keep praying for you.

  • Doesn't Matter says:

    I read the Bible, and it tells how prayers were answered,and I have been praying for years, but?????????????? I am tired of hearing have faith, you are not alone……..
    If I am not alone, if I am so loved, then who answers when I ask, when I need to hear a person’s voice, the answer is nobody. I am so tired of the same thing, I pray, I ask in sincerity, but nothing. It’s nice to say I am loved, and I am not alone, but try talking to yourself day after day, and nothing. If you love someone, you let them know you are there when they need you. I am tired of hearing my own voice, I am tired.

  • Sharon says:

    good posting thank you I had a void years ago and God through people I got healed from the void I had in my life and now God is enough for me

  • Dan Annoh says:

    I have the desire and burning sensation for God’s work. I need your assistance and the way forward as to start this divine calling. A brother in Christ wants me to take over a branch of his church that is almost dying. Am not a pastor, but an administrative assistant in a private university. I intend to go to Bible School to read Theology. But I now feel that I am wasting too much time, but to avail myself for God to use me. I need your help to organize myself for this call, considering my low financial position now in taking care of family of four (4).

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