Do they really?
When thinking about this, I thought about a doughnut. If I am the doughnut with a hole in the center that God is going to fill, that makes God smaller than me. That means I am surrounding and protecting God. And even might possibly mean that the size of God in me is limited by the amount of space he has to fill.
Would a perfect, holy God want to fill a void in the human heart?
Genesis 6:5 The LORD saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time.
Ezekiel 36:26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
He knows our hearts are filled with evil, caused by sin. God cannot dwell in the presence of sin. He tells us he will remove that heart and gives a brand new one. He doesn’t plug up a hole in our evil heart of stone – he’s not the doughnut hole. Instead, he invites us back into the fabric of eternity, back into the place where he created us.
But… if God is the doughnut, He is bigger and I am the smaller. He is the protector and the creator of my space. He remains unlimited and undivided.
God cut us from his own fabric and placed us on earth. He set eternity in our hearts to draw us back home.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
Genesis 1:27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
The heart of God has a you-shaped hole that only you can fill. Without you, there will always be an empty space.