Saturday, August 3, 2019

God's Purpose for Loneliness Part 4

I haven't had as much time to write these blog posts with so many changes that often happen in life. Moving and all that is involved with it and teaching in various places has made this a busy season for me and my family.
   In my last post I looked at the third reason God may bring a lonely season into our lives which is for times of rest. The fourth and final reason I have observed in my own journey is for communion. I have found that in these lonely places we meet and commune with Christ Himself in a very personal way.
     I had the privilege of  speaking at a funeral recently and the wife of the man who had passed away told me she had been thinking about the scripture, "Jesus wept." She asked me if that passage was something that should be shared at a funeral because she wanted it to be a time of celebrating her husband going home to be with Christ.  As I got to thinking about that verse, I think it's a very good scripture to be shared because it shows that He can sympathize with the places in which we are walking. It even says He was tempted in every way we are but without sinning. This is the very thing that makes Jesus so personal and a High priest who can sympathize with our weaknesses because He has walked through those temptations. He endured temptations and sufferings and overcame them to empower us to be able to be overcomers. It's in these lonely places that we walk alone with Jesus himself pouring out our hearts to the one who knows and loves us better than anyone. Let Him in to the lonely places in which you find yourself. Pour out your heart to the one who loves you so much that He endured the cruel and lonely sufferings of the cross, for you.

I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. Galatians 2:20