Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
One of the things that plagues the human race as a whole is a sense of aloneness. We can be in a crowd, surrounded by family and friends who love us and yet still experience this sense of being alone. There is a good reason for this. It occurred when Adam and Eve sinned against God and their relationship with Him was broken. We are a lost and broken people with an innate sense that something is missing and often, we do not even know exactly what or who it is. We only know that something is very wrong.
Adam, Eve and all of their descendants might have been separated from God but they were not abandoned by Him. In Genesis 3, before God declares judgement (Genesis 3:16-19), He promises redemption (Genesis 3:15). We tend to do things the other way around when someone sins against us, don't we, and often we will not even consider the possibility of forgiveness, at least until after they have paid dearly for what they have done.
Wandering through this world, fatherless, we continued to nurture the rebellious seed we were born with and suffered the consequences of the actions of humanity time and time again. We were alone, left to fend on our own or were we? The promise of the Savior remained. We may have forgotten God but He did not forget us. We may have forgotten God's promise but He didn't. The Lamb of God would be slain, the sacrifice would be made, not just for the Jew but for the Gentile as well... those who had utterly rejected God.
We were lost and broken... and God was there. He still is.
Scripture taken from The King James Bible, Public Domain
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It is quite lovely when, in the middle of a lonely moment, we realise we are not alone but with our Abba who loves us most ... and that unless we do the moving away, he is on our side. No greater comfort.
The song was just great! Thank you for sharing, it's a new one for me and already on the second listen.
I think one of the worst examples of "Loneliness" I've seen is the elderly in a nursing home with no one there for them -nothing to look forward to in their day and the total emptiness in their eyes.
Psalm 139, possibly my favorite psalm.
Whither shall I flee from thy presence?
I hesitate to say this because it will sound as though I am being, extra spiritual or something, which is not the case. I am still the sinner saved by grace I have always been but having lived alone for the past two years I have become much more aware of His presence, in me and near me. He was always there I was just too busy to notice, too involved with my own affairs. It is not something I purposely cultivated but a gift He gave me of grace and comfort. He truly is just as close and intimate as a thought, a word. I do not think I am unique or especially blessed but that all believers have that same availability of His near and indwelling Holy Spirit. What does the word say, "Be still and know that I am God."
Wonderful in the simplicity if the reminder.