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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Made for Relationships

In Summary of Genesis 2:18 it says, “It is not good for the man to be alone.”

Bottom Line:
God said, it is not good that man should be alone, I will make a helper who is right for him.

What this means to me:
This verse reminds me that I was not meant to go about life on my own.  God knew this and did something about it, making a helper/companion who is just right.  As Rick Warren explains (from his Daily Hope devotional 11/6/13), “what we often call loneliness is really homesickness for God. We just never recognized it as that.” I was made to have a personal, intimate relationship with Jesus Christ, a relationship that God is dying to have with me. One in which his son died for me to have. Nothing will ever compensate for that — no person, no experience, no drug, no success, no thing, no possession. Nothing is going to fill that aching hole in my heart that God created for himself. He wants me to know him.  Getting to know him means, opening my life to Jesus Christ. Saying, "Jesus Christ, I want to get to know you. I want to learn to love you the way you loved me, even before I knew it. I want to have a relationship with you.” I was made for a relationship with God — not a religion of fear, rules, regulations, and rituals but a relationship where I talk to God all the time and he speaks to me. This is the antidote to any deep loneliness.  I’m also fortunate to have a church family, a place where I can get involved and be part of a small group where others get to know me, and where I find the support network needed when I’m going through tough times. So to battle loneliness, instead of just sitting around, I should engage myself in serving in some fashion or another.  The world is filled with people waiting to be loved. I need to start saying, "God, who would you like me to minister to?  Who can I show your love to?”  I may go through lonely times in my life, but I'll never go through it alone if I have an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ.  In summary I pray “Father, thank you that you meet my deepest needs, that you sent your Son, Jesus Christ, so that I could have a relationship with you that would never be taken away and I would never be completely lonely because you're in our lives. Thank you. In Jesus' name. Amen.”