As a college student, I remember learning about Blaise Pascal. He was a seventeenth-century mathematician, a philosopher, and physicist. He was a man with a most creative mind. However, this past week I learned probably what matters most about Pascal – he knew God. I read a quote by him that has struck a cord in my soul. I have been pondering & mulling it over.
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.
Pascal’s earliest works were in the area of science. He studied fluids & what happens with pressure & vacuums. I find it interesting that the very area of study in the natural was area where he observed God – in the vacuum of the human heart. Pascal was an inventor himself. A creator if you would. God revealed Himself to Pascal in ways that were meaningful to Pascal & would become profound to so many afterwards.
We were made to be satisfied only through Jesus. So simple. We know that. We truly do. Yet we still strive to fill & satisfy ourselves with “created things”. Our first response may be, “But I don’t fill myself with created things. I love God.” Sure we may love Him but we do, in fact, fill ourselves with created things as we search for & fill ourselves with…..
- a mate
- a house
- a baby
- a career
- perhaps a boat
- a bigger house
- more children
- a more prestigious job
- a vigorous exercise routine
- a merry maid
You get the picture. I love that Isaiah addressed this even in his day. This search is not unique to us. It has been an ongoing problem with man. Isaiah put it this way:
“Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?” (Isaiah 55:2a NIV).
Why? Why do we all know this & yet still do it?
Today may we hear this:
“Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.” (verse 2b).
When we come to Him, He not only gives us what will satisfy but that which will also be a delight. May we truly learn to only fill our vacuum with Him.