Before I go any further, I would like for you to intertain the thought that there may be a chance, that there just possibly may be, an alternative, and everyone knows there is, to the theory that humanity developed on its own, and that out of nothing, all the intricacies you see around you, all the complexities of life, developed from non-life. Ponder if there is such a thing as truth and if there is; of all the intellectual theories, religions, postulates and opinions that abound today, only one can be true.
Deep within us all is a yearning, a tugging of what seems like an unknowable truth, that if you think about it, only makes sense from the perspective of a creator. Why would God allow your existance and not tap you on the shoulder at some point in time so you would turn around and see him? He definately would, did and still does. Would a loving God create you for a purpose then leave you to a fortuitous life? Nope, not a chance. After I became a follower of Jesus, in the Bible Belt of the South, I began to hang around fellow believers and learned a new language. Christianese. One of the sayings I learned as a new follower was ‘in every man was a God-shaped hole that only He could fill’. As I matured as a Believer and grew in my faith, I would question the things I was taught. I would try to find verses to back up this new knowledge and this saying was one of them. I believed this particular statement because I had, and still do, experience it. Was it Biblical? that is debatable, was it true? for me, that was undeniable. So if you have heard that particular saying and wonder where it came from, I will shed a little light on it for you.
St. Augustine of Hippo was a 4th century philospher ( this was like around 400 AD ) and was given the title ‘Dr. of the Church’ In his writtings The Confessions of St. Augustine, he wrote, ” You have made us yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in you”. Some attribute the saying to St. Augustine from this statement.
Later in 1670, after his death in 1662, a book written by Blaise Pascal, a French mathmatician and physicist, Pense’es was published. In his book he wrote “What else does this craving, and this helplessness, proclaim but that there was once in man a true happiness, of which all that now remains is the empty print and trace? This he tries in vain to fill with everything around him, seeking in things that are not there the help he cannot find in those that are, though none can help, since this infinite abyss can be filled only with an infinite and immutable object; in other words by God himself.”
– Blaise Pascal, Pensées VII(425) This is the greater concensus as to where the phrase came from.
Now if you woud like to try and back the phrase up Biblically, I would offer Ecclesiastes 3:11 ‘He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end’ as well as, Acts 17:26,27 ‘From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us’.
So what do YOU do with this desire? What do we all do with this seeking and searching for something more, something bigger, something better, something more exciting!? Stay with me as we dive into Filling the More.
I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me;
I was found by those who did not seek me.
To a nation that did not call on my name,
I said, ‘Here am I, here am I.’Isaiah