If they obey and serve him, they will spend the rest of their days in prosperity and their years in contentment - Job 36:11 NIV
We recently went on a vacation to New Orleans (if you haven't been, I highly recommend it!). During our time there, we sampled some of the finest cuisine New Orleans had to offer.
One of our favorite visits was to District Donuts (we went twice). On an average day, they offer a selection of simple, fancy and extra fancy donuts to choose from. As I sat there and enjoyed my fancy donuts, I remembered a question that one of my sons asked me when he was smaller about donuts.
"Why do they have a hole in the middle?" I didn't have an answer beyond that's how they've always been made.
Reflecting back on that question led me to ponder other questions that day in the shop. Why do a majority of men's lives resemble that of a donut? Why do we have a hole in the middle of our lives that can't be filled? Why do we try to fill it with things of this world?
I will admit that there are times that I am been a "doughnut" man as well. I have tried to fill that emptiness in my life with temporal things that won't satisfy. Some of them include: pursuit of money, sex and power. None of these things filled the hole.
What can be done to adequately fill that void in our life? For me, the answer was giving myself over to God and serving Him. What does this mean?
Giving yourself over to serving and obeying God means becoming obedient to His will. Once you align your life with His will, you find yourself operating according to the purpose that you were designed for. Once you live your life with purpose, the hole in the middle slowly fills.
As Elihu noted in today's scripture, God fills men's heart with contentment when they seek and serve Him. Whatever their circumstances, if a man's heart is dedicated to our Father, he becomes spiritually filled.
Men, when that happens, you start to live a life that provides the blueprint for those in your circle of influence to follow. You began to participate in what I call "generational living." Generational living has the ability to positively impact future generations.
How do you start becoming obedient? It's an evolving process. It begins when you realize that you have a void in your life that you have been trying to fill with worldly things. Once you come to that realization, you can start with determining God's will for your life.
This step requires time apart where you place yourself in position to listen to His voice. That can come from God directly speaking to you or through someone else. Once that happens, you start on the path to living that life God has called us to live.
There are times that you are going to deviate from that path. When that happens, it is of great benefit to have an accountability partner to communicate with. This, in addition to continued study of scripture, will assist in the discipline of obeying and serving God.
Don't let trying to fill that hole in the middle with worldly things prevent you from a gratifying relationship with your Father. Fill that void by obeying and serving Him.
How have you been trying to fill the void in your life? Engage in the conversation by placing your comment below. I would love to hear from you.
Ken Sadler is a leader of Men's Ministry at a megachurch and has a heart and passion for helping men become the best they can be.