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5 February, 2019 13:08

February 5, 2019

THE LONELY GOD

There is no question in my mind that what sets man apart from the rest of creation is the fact that man was created to have fellowship with his maker.

Not only was man created for fellowship but even more importantly, God seeks fellowship with man. From man’s very beginning we read of God coming in the cool of the day to spend time with Adam.

How long these encounters lasted we are not told, nor do we know whether the days stretched into weeks and the weeks into months and the months into years before that fateful day when Adam chose to miss his appointment with God.

Rather than letting things go, God begins searching for Adam, calling out ‘Adam where are you?’ I believe it was Charles Spurgeon that suggested God is still calling out to His children ‘where are you?’ ‘I miss our times together.’ Suggesting that when we allow our devotional times with God to lapse God feels lonely, betrayed, and even hurt, by our lack of love and devotion.

The Apostle Paul reminds us that through God’s faithfulness we “were called into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” This is the very essence of what our Christian life is all about – fellowship with God Himself.

Unfortunately the Church has emphasized our initial acceptance of Christ more than our daily relationship with Christ. Many believers are more concerned about securing their eternal destiny than developing a relationship with the Eternal Himself.

I’m convinced that when the prodigal left his father’s house and went into a far country there to experience a severe famine, that the Father also experienced a severe famine. The son’s famine was lack of food the Father’s famine was a lack of fellowship. I’ve often said the ‘far country’ was not measured by distance but desire. You can sit in church every Sunday and still be in a far country. Jesus stood within inches of the Pharisees and yet scolded them, saying that their heart was far from Him.

Just today, I was thinking of the repentant thief on the cross who said “Jesus, remember me when You come into your kingdom!” Jesus responded by saying to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.” Jesus could have emphasized Paradise the place, but chose to emphasize “with Me” in Paradise.

I believe Spurgeon was correct concerning God calling us daily by name “Where are you?” God still longs to fellowship with us. If we don’t crave His fellowship here on earth what will change when we get to heaven? Could that be why He says ‘I never knew you, depart from Me?’

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