Augustine wrote, “Thou hast formed us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless till they find rest in Thee.”
This quote from an early church leader says more about the human condition than most sermons ever will. All of us are restless. Once we realize that we have no direction in life and feel no real purpose in our lives there is an anxious feeling deep inside each person. Some try to fill it with “busyness”. Whether that is work or school or family or fame and fortune, all of us try to fill that empty feeling place in our hearts with something. The problem is that we don’t know what will make that empty feeling go away until we find Jesus.
He is the only person that can fill that place. Our acceptance of Him as our Savior is the only way to take that restless feeling away. Many people have struggled their entire lives trying to fill that empty space with many things or many people or hobbies and when they finally find their Savior…they realize that feeling of restlessness is gone. For many of us, this is a lifelong pursuit. Many people never find that Person that fills the empty area of our life that has been there for so long.
Some may find it while they are young but they will walk away from knowing Him fully until later in their life. Many have thought that they found salvation and then lost it when it was really their own selfishness that caused them to walk away from a deeper relationship with Jesus. If you truly were saved at a young age and then decided to ignore the Holy Spirit’s voice for many years, you may not have been saved at all or you were very good at pushing Him away. Some days it feels like I did this for a time although I did come back to Him in the past twenty-five years or so. I have become closer to Jesus over that period of time and I now consider Him to be my closest friend.
Why did I push Him away? Because I was selfish. I wanted to do things my way even when I felt and heard His Spirit speaking in the back of my mind. I would ignore Him until I couldn’t hear Him anymore. This is a very dangerous thing to do but I did it for a number of years. God finally got my attention…thankfully. I pray that anyone who reads this small confession of mine will seek Jesus out today and ask Him to be their Savior and Lord because our time is drawing to a close. The time of the Gentiles and the “age of grace” is coming to an end. All of the signs are in the news and prophecy is being fulfilled every day. Don’t wait. Accept Him while there is time.