Top 7 Bible Verses For When You Feel Empty And Lost

Top 7 Bible Verses For When You Feel Empty And Lost July 29, 2015

Jesus never said the road would be easy. He spoke of all the ways the world would affect us, and the trouble we would face as Christ’s followers. He knew. Knew that we would struggle to hold on to him in a world that can be cold. When we face feelings of emptiness, it is usually because our hearts have grown heavy. When we feel lost, it is usually because we have allowed that heaviness to hold us back from seeking Jesus to lift it. The bible verses below are reminders that Jesus knows we all face times such as these. He was human too, and therefore, understands the weight of the world we live in. But he has overcome the world, and if we allow him to do so, he can help us to do the same.

Luke 19:10 “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

God didn’t send Jesus to praise the perfect. He didn’t place him on the cross for those who had it all together. He gave his son so that those of us who were lost could return home. We would have had no other way. This broke God’s heart so much that he came for us. He is the same God today who fought for you then. When we find ourselves lost once again, we can turn to the cross and remember that Jesus points the way home.

Psalm 25:16-17 Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. Relieve the troubles of my heart and free me from my anguish.

There is not a feeling we can have that God is not aware of. He knows when we are hurting, lost, lonely, and afraid. When we cry out to him in our affliction, he responds tenderly. While our troubles may not go away, his loving response to our prayers can help us face them with renewed strength.

Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

So often in the Bible, God implores his people to not be afraid. He knew that our hearts were not made for this world, but for the one from which we came. Knowing that as he did, he placed within us a piece of himself…a reminder that we are not alone. When emptiness threatens to fall upon you, look inward to the place where the Lord resides. Strength lies there, with Him

Luke 15: 22-24 But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’

There have been numerous times in my life in which I have felt that I had surely wandered too far away from God. I would tell myself that even the most loving father would have grown tired of my antics by now. But through my relationship with Jesus, I have come to learn that he is not impatient, that he does not mind waiting, and that he does not give up on my return. Luke 15:22-24 speaks to God’s perseverance when it comes to his children. It reminds us that the Lord does not judge our travels, but instead celebrates our return.

Galatians 5:4  “You who are trying to be justified by law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.”

Sometimes when we find ourselves at a place of spiritual emptiness, it is because we have strayed away from what we keeps us full. We have succumbed to the worlds ways, and tried to earn our way to acceptance. Grace eludes us, not because God does not offer it, but because we are choosing not to believe it is for us. Choosing, instead, to believe in Jesus’s gift, allows us to return to the fullness of a relationship with God.

Luke 15:4-6 “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.”

There is no one too far gone to be found. God is not satisfied with saving some of his children. He wants us all home, as any good parent does. He knows sometimes we wander too far and wind up alone. When one of his children go missing, he secures the rest of his family, and goes after his child. Then he carries them home again. Over and over again.

Psalm 28:7 “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song.”

The aching threat of emptiness creeping into our hearts often leads us to crouch down and put our hands over our heads. We feel defeated and beaten down from fighting to believe in God’s plans for our life. Feeling nothing would be so much easier we tell ourselves. So much safer. But safety doesn’t come from a lack of belief, but rather from an abundance of it. When we dare to trust that, regardless of what comes next, the Lord will remain faithful, we are shielded from the threat of emptiness. We can look up knowing we are safe.

Final Thoughts

The best protection we have against feelings of emptiness and loss is the constant presence of the holy spirit. We will all face days in which we have nothing left. Days in which we cannot see our way home, no matter how hard we look. Regardless of what we are facing, if we continue to seek God, we can never get so far away that we cannot be pulled back. He loves us enough to always come after us. He leads the way home, and rejoices when we follow. And if we allow him to do so, He will use his love to fill us back up again.

Article by Jada Pryor

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