Loneliness, Wholeness and Relationship

We’re not good at being alone.

God knew that from the very beginning (Gen. 2:18). We were made for relationship. Yet no other relationship should ever have overtaken our primary relationship – between Creator and humanity.

Because of selfish pursuits, we often act out our rebellious nature from the Fall. Even our pursuits of “doing good” can become motivated by self-glory. It is in these moments we need to realize our sinful, broken purpose. It is then that we need to repent by turning our hearts toward the one true purpose, our First Love, our primary relationship.

We need Jesus.

God promised moments after the Fall that He would make a way to reconcile our fractured relationship (Gen. 3:15). In His Story, we find fulfillment of this promise in the person of Jesus Christ. A relationship with Jesus is what we were created for.

And what a relationship! One in which Jesus “made himself nothing…humbled himself and became obedient unto death – even death on a cross” (Phil. 2:6-8). As we place our faith in the person and work of Jesus, our relationship with God Himself is made right. We have been crucified with Christ and we no longer live, but Christ lives in us. This lives we live in the body, we live by faith in the Son of God, who loved us and gave himself for us” (Gal. 2:20).

He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. In Christ we find all our hope and peace.

Love {Jesus} is patient, Jesus is kind. Jesus does not envy, He does not boast, He is not proud. Jesus is not rude, He is not self-seeking, He is not easily angered, He keeps no record of wrongs. Jesus does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth. Jesus always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres (1 Cor. 13:4-8a).

Jesus never fails.

And we are His. In Jesus, we become sons and daughters of God. He is our Elder Brother. We’re family.

And yet, we stray from our First Love.

Good things and bad distract us. We turn back to our desire to be our own gods and pursue selfish ambition. Paul expressed his concern to the Galatians – “But now that you know God – or rather are known by God – how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable principles? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again?” (Gal. 4:9).

Not only do we turn our minds away from knowing God, but our hearts forget that we are “known by God.” It is a relationship that is dynamic and intimate. It is the one relationship that offers abundant life and hope.

And we turn away.

Perhaps we find ourselves in a place of enjoyment of our Creator’s love and true shalom – wholeness, peace, life, healing. If so, may we praise God with joy before Him and all those we meet today because of His great love and grace.

And some of us may be in a place where we stand with face toward our own pursuits and back toward our First Love. May today be the day we re-turn and look upon the face of our most important relationship – between us and our First Love.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus

Look full in His wonderful face.

And the things of earth will grow strangely dim

In the light of His glory and grace.

(Helen H. Lemmel)

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