Inconsolable Emptiness

This morning I read the following passage in the Voice translation:

Romans 8:19-22 “For all of creation is waiting, yearning for the time when the children of God will be revealed. You see, all of creation has collapsed into emptiness, not by its own choosing, but by God’s. Still He placed within it a deep and abiding hope that creation would one day be liberated from its slavery to corruption and experience the glorious freedom of the children of God. For we know that all creation groans in unison with birthing pains up until now.”

There is a temptation we all face and it’s to being to think that this current life is it. When we fall into that temptation we begin trying to have all our desires for purpose and satisfaction and significance met in a sin stained world we were never really created for. And ultimately this leaves us flat empty.
I think we’ve done a lot of disservice in our churches by telling people there are seven easy steps to a completely satisfying life and not warned them of what I call the “inconsolable emptiness”.

CS Lewis said it this way, “If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”

So true! I was made for another world. Even my relationship with God here on this earth is not what it’s intended to be. No matter how hard I try there is no relationship with God in this present world that will ever be as rich, fulfilling, or freeing as it will be in heaven.

We all know something is wrong. Even creation itself longs to be restored.

I think we often miss this. We think what we want is a bigger title, better looks, more popularity, larger sums of money, or the perfect spouse. However, what we really want is the person we were made for: Jesus, and the place we were made for: heaven.

Today I’m so incredibly thankful for the future inheritance I have in Christ. Life is great…but I was made for eternity with Him.

4 Responses to “Inconsolable Emptiness”

  1. This is so true.

    What gets me about Jesus is that most times He spoke He spoke in other worldly terms. For instance:

    –He said Lazarus is sleeping, the disciples thought he was naturally sleeping, but he really was dead.
    –He said tear down this temple, they thought it was a natural temple, it was actually His Body.
    –He said yet a little while I am with you, and they thought He was leaving Israel and going to the gentiles
    –He said he that believes on me out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water, He of course was speaking of the Holy Spirit.

    And etc.

    Yes, He spoke about temporal problems and He gave relevant and timeless advice…but His conversation was always Heavenly. His conversation seldom rested for this world.

    Good post Pete! Have a happy 4th :)

  2. Betty says:

    Maybe the emptiness is really being homesick?

  3. […] Today’s post is from author and Cross Point pastor Pete Wilson who posted this at his blog under the title Inconsolable Emptiness. […]

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