In our day it’s easy to feel isolated amongst people. We “glue” our heads in our phones. Many of us can’t go more than a few minutes without checking our phones. We feel the need to stay connected constantly. When in reality we’re disconnecting from people around us.
The things that separate us from the love of people are innumerable and too many to count. You have anger, distraction, lust, jealousy (just to name a few), and now… We have cell phones. We put up walls equipped with touch screens and wifi. We put our phones ahead of people all too often.
My generation feels a need for connection. I believe it stems from the polarizing idea of the world is getting smaller, but we’re getting more isolated. We can’t connect to people in real life because of certain issues and circumstances. So, we turn to the Internet and our phones. We build up these walls, and we continually isolate ourselves. We ultimately feel alone. So, we scramble for a connection, any connection. But, there’s only one real connection we need.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:35-39 KJV)
God’s love is unstoppable. The cross of Jesus proves that. The scars he bears are a testament of His love.
Elijah the prophet is running from Jezebel. He’s just called fire down from heaven, and he’s fled into the wilderness for his life. Elijah falls into depression. “God they’ve torn down Your altars. They’ve forgotten your statutes. They’re killing all the prophets. I’m the only one left. Just kill me right here.” Elijah is feeling something that is universal to every human being on the planet… Loneliness.
He’s lonely. He doesn’t see hope. He doesn’t see any other way out other death. This is where God speaks to Elijah. He basically says, “Elijah, you’re not going to die here. I’m not going to let you. You’re not the only one who is still serving me. There is a remnant! I have more work for you to do. I did not just rain fire down from Heaven to let you die in the wilderness.”
Elijah wanted a connection. He longed for a connection with people who served God. He thought they were all gone. He thought the mission was useless. He longed so badly for a connection to someone that he forgot the one connection he really needed had plans for him.
What happened to Elijah later is God sent him out to recruit Elisha. God wanted Elijah to teach Elisha. The connection that Elijah wanted was fulfilled.
Loneliness is a crazy thing. Despite being around others, we can still feel an emptiness. Something isn’t being fulfilled in our lives. Despite talking to others we can still feel unheard.
With Jesus Christ we are always heard. He always understands. I’m not giving you a feel good message. I’m giving you some hope. Right now may be the worst time in your life. You may have lost the person who was so important in your life, you may have lost your job, or maybe you just feel like no one is there.
Jesus Christ did not take the punishment of the cross for you to feel like that. You listen to me. If satan tries to stop the love of God in your life, God will wage a war. In fact He did. He took the cross. You are worth it all. You are worth every single whip of that cat of nine tails. You are worth every single breath He struggled to breath while on the cross. God did not bring you this far for you to die. So, be encouraged in this, no fear, no height, no depth, no angel, no demon, no ruler, no power can stop the love of God. He fought a war for you. He won. He’s still reaching for you. You are not alone. God is calling for you. You are worth it all. He comes running and tears down every wall.