Sometimes we think we are all alone. A doctor diagnoses terminal illness. A long-time spouse betrays us. A friend walks away from us. Sometimes it doesn’t take a traumatic situation, or drastic circumstance. We can sense a time of alone-ness in everyday routine. In fact, most people face these times because of routine. Schedules are packed. Daily appointments, and inconsequential events of chores and errands become so mundane there is no room for fellowship, developing relationships, or simply enjoying the presence of others. We get too busy. This also happens with our relationship with Jesus.
We can be so busy with life, we fail to nurture the most omnipresent force in our life. When this happens, we will naturally lose the fire in our souls, the marvel in our minds, the expectancy of miracles, the faith to move mountains and the discernment to deal with diversity. We feel alone. We settle for mediocrity. Paul knew this could occur when he wrote:
“…this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; that ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offense till the day of Christ; being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.” Philippians 1:9-11.
Are you feeling alone? Do you long for the depth of love others seem to experience? Do you hunger for God’s presence to be so real you feel it through your entire being? It’s time to set aside some time to renew your relationship, to deepen your commitment. Not necessarily with others. Not by taking on another job or mission endeavor in your church. Not by reading the Bible to produce a lesson, a devotional, a reference. No, none of these.
It’s time to “be still and know” God’s love. Vacumn in the joy and the glory and the beauty of this world. Look beyond all circumstance. Put your mind in neutral and rest in Him. Talk to Him. Tell Him how lonely your feel. Tell Him how much you long for the love that He alone provides, that He alone can restore and renew in your heart, soul and mind. Cry out and ask Him to rain down His love upon you so that yours may “abound more in knowledge and in all judgment”. Open the Word and read till you hear His Spirit speak to your heart. From Him you will gain insight into those things which are excellent–the way He’d have you go. He would not have you to be insincere with anyone, nor give any offense for which to account on the day of Christ’s return. He wants to fill your life with the fruits of righteousness…a natural production from a heart nourished by Christ Jesus, Himself.
Sometimes we take our friendship with people for granted. Sometimes others take ours for granted. It’s easy to let this happen when we are so consumed with ourselves to reach beyond our needs and desires to be a friend as well as have a friend. When this happens with our relationship with God, we need to “draw near” to Him and He “will draw near” to us. Is God’s love ever enough? Yes, it is always enough to fill our needs. However, as we walk through the daily grind of life, a prayer for a deeper love must be on our lips, our minds, and spirit. No greater love is there than His.
May God deepen your love and desire to know Him and give you ears to hear Him and sense His presence at every phase of your life.