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June 13, 2017, 5:00 AM

How does God come to you when you are in your place of loneliness and despair?



“Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the Lord told him. And as Elijah stood there, the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain. It was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire there was the sound of a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he wrapped his face in his cloak and went out and stood at the entrance of the cave. And a voice said, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”  1 Kings 19:11-13

 

How does God come to you when you are in your place of loneliness and despair? Throughout the Bible, we see individuals who are alone. Terrified, worried and confused, these individuals are in hiding. The stories of how they came to their hiding places vary, but they all have a common ending, God appears. He shows up on the scene not to belittle, judge, or condemn them.  He comes to ask personal questions that confront their brokenness and heal their hearts. When turmoil and confusion reigned, God continued to pursue and love them with compassion and grace.

 

The same is true with us. God meets us in our loneliness and He asks us the same question. What are you doing here?  If we don’t take the time necessary to search our hearts, answer this deep question and lean on the security God provides, our emotions and feelings will cause us to stumble during the storm loneliness brings. This is a scary venture for sure, but we don’t have to do it alone. Even in the midst of our pain, we are never truly alone. God promises His presence.  He promises that He will never leave or forsake us.

 

The feeling of loneliness does not equal the absence of God. Neither does it equate to a failure of faith on our part. In fact, embracing loneliness by answering the question “What are you doing here?” can be a way towards deeper faith and deeper dependency. God has already overcome what we are most afraid of.  He’s made a way for us to walk through it, but not avoid it. When we allow God to search us and speak to our deepest needs, wants and desires, we come to realize God can not only redeem our loneliness, but it can become something God uses to build our trust, dependency and faith in Him.

 

This is my Prayer: Father God, in the midst of loneliness and despair, help me to see that You are by my side and I am never alone.  Jesus I know You come to me, not to condemn, but to help me realize my utter dependence for You. Lord teach me to have the courage to find Your truth in all circumstances. In Jesus name, Amen.


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