When we experience pain we look for ways to fill ourselves again.
Reference: “She will chase after her lovers but not catch them; she will look for them but not find them. Then she will say, ‘I will go back to my husband as at first, for then I was better off than now.’” Hosea 2:7 NIV
Explore: I’ve just read a book about a girl who was to be married to the love of her life. They were planning and dreaming for their life together when he was tragically killed in a plane accident.
This girl was devastated but instead of expressing her grief she stored it up. She hit the party scene in a big way and started experimenting with some pretty heavy drugs.
As nothing seemed to appease her pain she just kept down the cycle of masking her grief with social events and drug concoctions. She hit rock bottom one day when her friends found her passed out in her bathroom.
Application: While this story is a sad one, it’s not unusual. When we experience pain we look for ways to fill ourselves again.
What seems like a quick fix is usually just a mask that momentarily covers our true feelings.
Even Christians, who know of a God who has never-ending love, will look for other alternatives to fill our needs. And yet we always turn up empty.
There is no one who can fill our needs like God. He understands us better than anyone and has an endless source of love and grace.
Even when we have turned from Him and rejected Him, He will still love us and restore us. He’s not a quick fix but He will fill us like no other.
Prayer: Lord, I acknowledge the pain and emptiness in my life. I invite You to be the One to fill me. Amen.
What pain or grief are you experiencing at the moment?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.