I have written about this before, but I am a self-diagnosed stress eater. When I get upset about work, overwhelmed by parenting, or mad at my husband, I will sit and polish off a bag of chip with dip. I won’t stop until the whole bag is gone! (I inherited this from my mother!)
Just the other day, I was reading a devotional. I believe it was something written by Joyce Meyer, but I can’t remember for sure. It said that each of us has an unfilled place in our soul. This place longs for comfort. Some of us fill it with food, others with retail therapy. A few try to fill it in more dangerous ways with drugs or alcohol.
A minister at a church I attended years ago used to say that each of us had a “God-sized” hole inside of us. This emptiness can bring despair and misery into our lives. From this emptiness we have potential to make dangerous decisions, trying to fill the void. I have known many young girls who try to fill that void with affection from men. Occasionally, they get lucky and find a kind, caring, loving man to pacify the emptiness. However, if the whole is God-sized, no human will ever completely fill the void. No bag of chips will either.
We are created with a place in our souls to be filled by God. We can search and search for other ways to fill it, but nothing will satisfy our soul like God can. God intends for us to find comfort in Him. I am not saying that eating chips and dip in moderation is a bad thing, but it won’t fix your problems! Believe me! I have tried! In fact, it just makes you sluggish the next day.
I believe God sends us comfort in many ways. I believe that my husband was a gift from God. He can’t fill the God-sized hole, but he tries to comfort me when I need it, encourages me, and helps me navigate through this life. I often can find small doses of comfort in sitting on my back deck with a cup of hot coffee as the sun rises. But this amount of comfort cannot fill the God-sized hole either. Only a relationship with God can.
Here are some verses that remind us of God’s power and desire to fill the void within us.
John 14:1-3 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.
Romans 8:38-39 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
James 1:2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
The next time you reach for the bag of chips, or seek comfort in your own way, reach for God. Strengthen your relationship with Him and find comfort in Him.