We fill the emptiness of our lives with a hundred pieces of world. The smart phone is this – it must be check, must be looked at, must have the latest app to simplify your life in a complicated way!
We must stop! It reminds me of the Never Ending Story that Nothing is slowly taking over the imagination of children therefore consuming all of Fantastica. The Nothing is spreading yet many are unaware of it coming.
You will eat but not be satisfied; your stomach will still be empty. Micah 6:14a
It is the same with any habitual sin. We’re always seeking to fill up on the world, but since we are not filling up on what last, we are empty.
What to do?
It is asking God to make me aware of His presence. To help me focus on His word. It remove the sinful habits of going to email, computer time, TV that consume my day.
It’s not just stopping the above actions and bam, I’m no longer empty. For Jesus said:
“When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first. That is how it will be with this wicked generation.” Matthew 12:43-45
So we are to replace the emptiness. For me, God prompted me to begin journaling first thing, writing out scripture and writing what He speaks to me. This was the first step. It meant I got up about 15-30 minutes earlier to have that quiet time. And for someone who loves sleep, this is a big deal. Slowly, God showed me how to replace the emptiness.