Why are we so terrified of feeling empty that we overstuff and overfill ourselves until that feeling becomes normalized. This feeling of discontentment, of not having enough… a feeling of tightness of chest and difficulty in breathing because your stomach is so expanded.
So, in order to avoid the feeling of emptiness that continues to haunt us like the specter of a life lived to the fullest, we cram delicious foods into every crevice of our stomachs. We wash it down with classy sips of red wine which serve to ice the cake that also slips down our throats into the slimy chamber of dissatisfaction, a grotto inside of our souls. When I returned from Guatemala I was overcome by the fact that I never went to bed hungry in the United States. So often I think that people don’t know what it feels like to be empty because we continue to shovel in more and more so that we remain in denial that we are indeed empty inside.
What are we filling ourselves with? Are they things that satisfy or things that leave us perpetually empty moments after the fleeting feelings of being full have fled?
For, “everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life” (John 4:13-14).
“Man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord” (Deuteronomy 8:3). Then the Lord describes how it will be to live in the Promised Land for the Israelites, “And you shall eat and be full, and you shall bless the Lord your God for the good land he has given you” (Deut. 8:10).
So why do we diet? Well first, let’s uncover why we need to. The root issue is overeating – not even that, but the root issue is a fear of not having enough, a fear of emptiness because we are so scared of facing the reality that we are indeed empty without something or someone who can eternally satisfy and create wholeness within us.
We have a seeming innate compulsion to fill the emptiness with something, anything. Our bodies are hardwired to tell us that we need something more if we are hungry, something outside of ourselves. We need something to come and fill us or we will perish. This is fundamental to life.
Let these moments point us to our need to be filled truly and wholly. The good news is that the whole fullness of God dwells within Jesus bodily and we have been filled in him (Colossians 2:9-10). All the fullness of God dwells in Christ and because of Christ dying, raising to life, and living again (thereby defeating death)… We, by accepting this and laying our lives and our wills down at His feet, we have the Holy Spirit, and the fullness of God residing within us.
When we are living our lives out of the fullness of the Holy Spirit within us, we will never feel the need to satisfy the longing within us, the gaping hole of emptiness because it is eternally filled with the measure of all the fullness of God.
Philippians 3:19 – “Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds on earthly things.”
You can be filled and satisfied for eternity. You musn’t look for fulfillment and satisfaction in food, fame, or fortune. The fullness of God, made manifest in Jesus Christ, is available to you.
Let us remember also that “whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Cor. 10:31).