Why Do I Feel So Empty?

It was a source she’d come to depend on. A place she went to get her needs met, but it was never enough. Every day she came back for more.

Filling her jar with water, the woman looked up and heard a man asking her for a drink. Then he offered her something in return: living water. Unlike the water she came to get that day, the he said the water he offered would satisfy her so deeply she’d never thirst again.

Questioning His offer, she said: “You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water?” (John 4:11, NIV) 

She didn’t know who He was, or that all He needed to draw with was His Spirit, for it would draw her near to Him.

As far as the depth of the well, it was her heart He was looking into. And she was the only one who could stop Him from reaching the empty places that needed Him most.

I know that place of needing Jesus to look into my heart and show me the emptiness only He can fill.

Like the woman at the well, I’ve depended on other means to get my needs met. Yet when I look to them, instead of Him, they are never enough.

I’ve looked to family and friends, bosses and boyfriends, teachers and mentors, my husband and kids. I’ve longed for their approval and the affirmation that comes with it.

I’ve looked to possessions and positions, and put my hope in recognition, thinking: “If only I had…. If only I could…”

Yet it’s never enough. No matter how much we do or how much we have, it is never enough to fill us up because it was never supposed to be.

We see this deep soul thirst even in King David, a man who had everything: the highest position, unlimited possessions, and great power. Yet none of it was enough. He described himself as parched and thirsty for God…

Then David went on to describe what he experienced when he drank deeply of God’s love… (keep reading here)

Are there places in your heart Jesus wants to fill with His love and acceptance, places where you might have been looking to someone or something other than Him?

Join me at inCourage today where we’re sharing our
thoughts on filling our empty places and praying for each other!


About Renee

Renee Swope is a Word-lover, story-teller, heart-encourager and grace-needer. She's also a wife, mom, friend, daughter and author of A Confident Heart, a Retailers Choice Award winning book that became a best-seller and has been published in six languages, with over 150,000 copies sold. Renee is speaks around the country at women's events and and serves on the writing team for DaySpring’s inCourage blog. For twenty years, Renee served in leadership at Proverbs 31 Ministries and as former co-host of the ministry's radio program, “Everyday Life with Lysa & Renee.