I was reading the book of Ephesians the other day and a certain verse really struck a chord with me: “Remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world” (Ephesians 2:12). As I read it I remembered those dark, fearful, hopeless days when I did not know Jesus; when I put my trust, hope and energy into other things. But those things never did bring me joy, peace or security. I was without hope and without God. I looked back at those times and how God intervened in my life and saved me from destruction (even though I didn’t even ask Him into my life or know much about Him at all). And I was overwhelmed by his mercy and love.
It could be addiction, fear, anxiety, paranoia, depression, insomnia, low self-esteem, lust, a difficult marriage, financial insecurity, worry about the kids, or any other thing that afflicts you daily and steals your peace. Whatever you are burdened by, there’s nothing and no-one else in this world that will ever wholly release you from troubling thoughts other than Jesus: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27).
From what I know and my testimony, there’s nothing that can fill the emptiness of the soul but Jesus. No-one that can give perfect love like Jesus does. No-one that can bring comfort in times of anguish like Jesus does. No-one who has a name as powerful as Jesus. No-one who can bring a fragmented life back together like Jesus can. His is the sweetest name you could ever know.
I’d like to share this song with you. It’s really simple, yet really powerful. This song has strengthened me through some tough times and I hope it will bless you too.
“Everywhere you look you see people searching for love… but they’re looking in the wrong places. God is love, and they will never find what they’re looking for until they find Him” (xxxChurch).