“I have seen the burden God has laid on the human race. He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human hearts; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live.”
The world we live in is sick.
For some reason, most, if not all people are in the business of pursuing things. And this ghastly pursuit of material things, we have convinced ourselves that the acquisition of said things will somehow result in the fixing or absence of all our problems and worldly desires.
But it seems to me that this pursuit is but the stuff of dreams. We will no more reach our goal with little as we would with plenty.
Why you ask?
Why must it be so?
See, all the world wants something. Rather, it seems that we are using the attaining of material things to fill an immaterial abyss in the cavern of our souls. For what end do we seek careers? Most for monetary gain. What need we of profit? To trade for commodities and services. What need aside form bodily function and protection have we of service? For ease, comfort, leisure, and enjoyment.
These are the ultimate ends of those seeking profit through careers. To what end? Are not there people lacking in comfort, ease, leisure, enjoyment, and even in basic needs of health and function; yet these people find more vitality, purpose, fulfillment and joy than the loftiest stars in our reckoning.
How did they achieve fulfillment and joy? Those who have need for so much, but want nothing more than they have. There are many arguments for why this may be the case, but in my humble opinion these people have often found the immaterial resplendence out of which human nature lives and finds its causeway.
Without the filled immaterial hole, human nature will devour itself and breed greed.
The lesser hybrid of greed is ambition. We use drive to the same end as profit, in an attempt to get something. To what end? An answer lies in the faulted ceilings and chilled pillars of history.
“What else doest this craving, and this helplessness proclaim but that there was once in man a true happiness, of which all that now remains ins the empty printed trace? This he tries in cain to fill with everything around him, seeking in things that are not there the help he cannot find in those that are, though none can help. Since this infinite abyss can be filled only with an infinite and immutable object; in other words by God Himself.”
-Blaise Pascal, Pensees, VII (425)
The more forward explanation of this passage is quoted later,
“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 Christ.”
What of it? Where in scripture is the God shaped hole? Well, Paul addresses this very idea when he speaks on Mars Hill. He finds an alter titled, “To the Unknown God”. Using this alter as a causeway, Paul pronounces the God that they do not know as the Creator, three persons in one, who gave up His son Jesus to die for the sins of the world.
There can be but one solution. He who patiently stands by and says “all those who are weary and burdened, come to me and find rest…For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
The solution to our wandering hearts with an insatiable vacuum is the one through whom the vacuum may be filled.
Be blessed today.