O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water.—Psalm 63:1
Everyone struggles with emptiness leading to loneliness at some point. And loneliness at times can lead to suicide. Be honest. Are you going through something so difficult that your soul thirsts for relationship? Are you facing an overwhelming thirst for relationship in your life that your flesh faints within you?
In the 1600s, Blaise Pascal, a French philosopher, once said, “There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.”
No one in this world, not your parents, your spouse or even your best friend forever, can ever meet your deepest needs and longings. Every relationship we have will fall short of our expectations. Why? It is because we are broken individuals that cannot possibly meet the deepest needs and longings of our loved ones perfectly. But we can point imperfect people to the One who will perfectly meet their needs and longings. The God-created empty space in the human heart will linger in loneliness and will long to be filled. And it is God who will embrace our emptiness and fill it with faith, hope and love. Only God can pour purpose into our lives and cause us to celebrate the joy of meaning.
In fact, God designed our whole existence, so we could be in relationship with each other. If there’s anything that we can learn from a life of loneliness it is this: Relationships are indispensable for human beings. We were created to enjoy God and one another.