There was a time in my life that I battled severe loneliness. With everything we have in this world to make us feel connected to one another, it’s still so easy to feel alone in it all. In fact, it’s easy to feel isolated behind the screens. We don’t actually communicate anymore. Instead, we “comment.” We click buttons to demonstrate our approval or dislike of something. In a culture that is striving to find new ways to connect, we are actually becoming more disconnected than ever before. But I learned an important lesson in my time of loneliness: When you become a child of God, you are no longer alone. He is with you and will never forsake you.
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Then I realized that my heart was bitter, and I was all torn up inside. I was so foolish and ignorant—I must have seemed like a senseless animal to you. Yet I still belong to you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny. Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth. My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever. – Psalm 73:21-26 (NLT)
Even when we fail…
I don’t think I fully understood God’s love for His children until I became a parent. Don’t get me wrong, I knew that God loved me deeply. But I often felt like a terrible child. We all make mistakes and fall short, but I found myself feeling like somehow God loved me less when I did. I wasn’t living up to His expectations. Perhaps He loved His other children more… the ones that didn’t screw up as often as I did.
As a mother, I now understand fully and completely how God could love us even when we mess up. My kids are far from perfect. But even when they disobey, I love them just the same. My love for them never fades. In fact, it grows each and every day. No tantrum or act of defiance will ever change that.
As a child of God, you are no longer alone in your mistakes. Yes, we need to take our failures to God with a repentant heart. But He never leaves us or forsakes us. He doesn’t walk away from us or give up on us when we fail. He loves us through our failures and is faithful to not only forgive us but to work all things together for good according to His purpose.
Even when we are weak…
“God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.” Have you ever felt weak or tired? Perhaps you suffer from a chronic illness, or maybe you find yourself physically drained from stress or exhaustion. I know I certainly have days when I’m just not sure how I’ll make it through. Our culture is so incredibly busy. No sleep. All work. No rest.
Now, there is definitely something to be said about our need for rest. (Some of us, myself included, need to learn to say no from time to time.) But there are many times in our lives when our weakness or fatigue can’t be helped. It is in these moments that we need to remember where our true strength lies.
God is with us. He is the strength of our hearts in every circumstance, and nothing can separate us from His love. In Christ, you are loved, forgiven, cherished, and never alone.
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 8:38-39
When you are a child of God, you are no longer alone in this world. He is with you through every trial and circumstance and will never leave you.
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*Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations taken from the NASB.