Regarding The God Hole
I would like to share with you something that I’ve never heard anyone talk about from the perspective I’m going to present. This is not radical, just something that perhaps hasn’t been really considered. I want to challenge your thinking regarding the God Hole in our hearts. I believe it is real, but it’s not actually a hole.
Note from Kip…
Normally I rely of the Holy Spirit to direct my writing of these devotions in real time. That is I try to write about topics that are present in my daily devotional on the day which I am writing a piece. Usually I will start my morning devotions and as the Holy Spirit reveals a particular topic, that becomes my focus for the day.
Today however, I have a topic that has been simmering in my mind for a while. I really want to share with you, because since it was revealed to me in His Word it continues to have application with subsequent studies since I first realized it.
I would encourage you to post comment to this devotional if you have thoughts regarding it. Of course, I welcome comment and discussion on any of these daily topics, but this one is extremely intriguing to me, so I’m especially wanting to encourage you to respond, comment or ask questions.
The God Hole In Our Hearts
I would have to guess that most believers have heard the comment used by preachers and teachers to describe the yearning for unity with God that dwells within every living soul. They typically refer to this as the hole God’s crafted in every heart just especially for Him to reside. To that point, it is a God Hole in the heart of humanity.
This desire to be one with God, is a lingering desire that all have, but left un fulfilled by salvation, some may attempt to mask it by trying to fill the yearning with substitutions of every type, including drugs, sex and alcohol. Thankfully, more typically we would see those outside of God’s grace that try to fill the ‘hole’ with other things from the material world.
These might have much less potential damage than the substitution trifecta of drugs, sex, and alcohol, and would include elevation of things such as hobbies, job, family, activities, sports and pastimes, to a point where they become idols to the individual and a core motivation in life.
I believe what the Word tells us support the presence of this desire and it is indeed real. I believe the scripture points it out, what it is and it is not a hole at all. It’s not something missing, it is something placed there by Jesus in the beginning.
Not a hole at all
So, let’s start at the beginning, when the first man and woman were set in place on the freshly created earth.
It’s become apparent to me that this is where that yearning desire was put in humanity to have unity with the creator.
Then the Lord God formed the man out of the dust from the ground and breathed the breath of life into his nostrils, and the man became a living being.
Genesis 2:7 (CSB)
This is further supported by other references in scripture.
The God who made the world and everything in it — he is Lord of heaven and earth — does not live in shrines made by hands. Neither is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives everyone life and breath and all things.
Acts 17:24-25 (CSB)
Consider by what mechanism does he give life and breath to all things.
As God lives, who has deprived me of justice, and the Almighty who has made me bitter, as long as my breath is still in me and the breath from God remains in my nostrils, my lips will not speak unjustly, and my tongue will not utter deceit.
Job 27:2-4 (CSB)
Job refers to ‘the breath from God in my nostrils‘, with would be a reference back to Genesis as well.
This declaration as the breath of God being the source of life itself, is stated even more clearly later in the book.
The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
Refute me if you can.
Job 33:4-5 (CSB)
Not only does Job emphasize that it is the the ‘breath of the Almighty‘ which gives him life, he challenges anyone to attempt to ‘Refute‘ this declaration!
Then like bookend’s we traverse from Genesis to Revelation and find that the ‘martyred witnesses’, who were slain by the Beast, were revived by the very same mechanism, the breath of God.
But after three and a half days, the breath of life from God entered them, and they stood on their feet. Great fear fell on those who saw them.
Revelation 11:11 (CSB)
The life giving force of God is further revealed by the Psalmist.
When you hide your face, they are terrified; when you take away their breath, they die and return to the dust.
When you send your breath, they are created, and you renew the surface of the ground.
Psalms 104:29-30 (CSB)
I had to look up the definition for the original word for breath in the 29th verse.
It is; rûaḥ – Spirit or spirit.
I then verified that ‘breath’ in the 30th verse was the very same origin of the word, and it was.
You may have already gathered from the scriptures that I’ve focused on just where I’m going next, but based on this evidence it is clear that when Jesus breathed life into Adam it was an infusion of a very small portion of His Spirit that He placed there and that resulted in the pile of clay becoming a living soul.
I believe that there is also sufficient evidence in these and other scriptures that it is exactly that which binds together everything in creation itself, the plants, the animals, planets and stars, virtually everything.
The Spirit is the one who gives life. The flesh doesn’t help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life.
John 6:63 (CSB)
The passage in Psalm 104 demonstrates what takes place when God removes His spirit from something, it returns to the state it was before becoming infused with that small bit of His Spirit.
And what happens when someone has died, life has left the body, then God places His Breath backing them? Revelation indicates that it results in them becoming reanimated, evidenced by the witnesses.
That was just the beginning
When I embrace the Scripture telling me that God’s breath is what gives life to all things, and realize that when Jesus did this for the first human and all subsequent offsprings of that first couple, it seems abundantly clear that He was transferring some of the life (Spirit) from himself into humanity. Likewise, perhaps to a smaller extent in all living things.
This was an amazing revelation to me, but this is just the beginning of the ramifications and resulting so many assorted phenomena, throughout scripture and in our day to day lives.
When we then take this understanding and apply it to the things we see in scripture and experience in the physical world, we begin to see causation where we might not have otherwise.
Let’s start with the place we began this article.
The God Hole in Humanity
It’s not a hole. When Jesus breathed life into Adam He imparted a very small part of Himself in His creation. This made Adam much more significant than just something that was made by the Creator. The process was completed by the Creator infusing part of Himself in to His Creation. Man became a living soul.
This I feel is the very ‘God Hole’ in us. Not a hole where something is missing but because of what is placed in us by God, which is a part of Him, that portion desires desperately to be united with it’s source. This yields the desire for unity with God in all of humanity.
I long for you in the night; yes, my spirit within me diligently seeks you, for when your judgments are in the land, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.
Isaiah 26:9 (CSB)
The motivation to seek out God is the result of that part of God that gives us life itself.
The bonding of elements
For everything was created by him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities — all things have been created through him and for him.
He is before all things, and by him all things hold together.
Colossians 1:16-17 (CSB)
Okay if up till now hasn’t gotten you just a little excited about the supposed God Hole this should bring it home to you. I want to break this down a bit just for clarity.
Everything was ‘created by him‘
(Note: one thing that irks me about the CSB translation is their failure to capitalize certain personal pronouns that point to members of the Trinity, but that is an aside issue and not important for this discussion.)
This is something that every Christian should already understand. When in the first chapter of John it records that ‘Everything that was created was created by ‘The Word’ and we find shortly there after that John was referring to Jesus as the Word.
All things were ‘created through him‘
He was the very catalyst that made this happen, not only by His action, but by His being!
And ‘for him‘
It was for His pleasure that He created, Jesus was putting Himself into all this that He created because it glorifies Him and He enjoys it.
Now the kicker…
‘by him all things hold together‘
What could possibly be the glue that is Him that holds all this together? The answer is the God Hole. Portions of His Spirit, giving life, and binding everything together in the order He determines.
It is the why for everything that exists!
And as a result.
For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together with labor pains until now. Not only that, but we ourselves who have the Spirit as the firstfruits — we also groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for adoption, the redemption of our bodies.
Romans 8:22-23 (CSB)
The joy of Salvation
This understanding of the presence of a small portion of God’s Spirit in each of us explains community, why people take comfort in assembly together, but an even greater impact is when someone who is ‘lost’, the part of the spirit searching for it’s origin, and when that spirit is found, redeemed, reunited with it’s creator by the imbuing of the Holy Spirit in us.
It’s long been noted but never clearly understood for me, why the euphoric state on a new believer is so profound, but the God Hole that sought to explain it, was in fact that portion of God in the carnal person being united with God Himself in the person of the Holy Spirit living with in us.
I am in them and you are in me, so that they may be made completely one, that the world may know you have sent me and have loved them as you have loved me.
John 17:23 (CSB)
That we ‘may be made completely one‘. It all fits so perfectly.
Have you ever considered why it is that we take so much pleasure in the assembly with other believers? Again, it bears out this unity factor. Therefore, an assembly of God’s people magnifies that euphoria even more because the presence of God’s Spirit is amplified by the number of His Children who are gathered together.
And let us watch out for one another to provoke love and good works, not neglecting to gather together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging each other, and all the more as you see the day approaching.
Hebrews 10:24-25 (CSB)
It all comes down to Jesus
Where does this leave us? I would have to respond with saying that it places us right at the feet of Jesus Christ our redeemer, creator, and the one who gives us life, in the very breath he breathed into every life.
I haven’t exhausted the ramifications of this fact at all here. My goal was to plant a seed and let God water it in everyone that grasps this.
It seems every day I see another place where this understanding applies. Most of all I understand better why it is that with each passing day, as I grow closer to the Lord, my desire for His Word and to be with Him becomes more and more intense.
Heaven becomes less of a ‘reward’ than it is a destination in this journey to return to the the one that gave me life by placing His life in me, then gave me eternal life by placing His Spirit in me and redeeming my lost soul with His blood. Our real reward is to be at home with Jesus.
It’s not a ‘God Hole’, it’s a small portion of the life of my Creator which gives me life and years to be in unity with Him. Today, He holds this life in the palm of His hand and one day this unity that I revel in now will be complete as I stand before Him in glory. Ultimate joy, ultimate peace, ultimate unity with the one that gave me life.
Now more than ever before I understand why…
Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you know me, you will also know my Father. From now on you do know him and have seen him.”
John 14:6-7 (CSB)
It was because He was stating the simple truth, He IS our life! Any attempt to satisfy that yearning with anything other than Him is folly. Because He is, ‘the way, the truth, and the life‘.
Jesus placed the ‘God Hole’ in us at the very moment of creation. He fills that need with His Spirit living in us. Communing with our spirit, witch literally is His!