God loves relationships! God wants us to be in relationship with Him. That's a given. However, He also wants us to be in relationship with one another. We have a tendency to brush that aside sometimes depending on our mood. Far too many Christians have taken the attitude of "It's just me and God...(long, drawn out sigh)"
Do not misunderstand me. Our relationship with God must be our foundation! I am not suggesting in any way that God is not enough. He is, however, God has designed us to be in relationship with one another. As a result, we need each other much more than we often realize.
As an elementary teacher, I really see this vividly illustrated. When everyone is seated at tables working independently, it's not a big deal. Why? Because no one is in a group. However, if children are given an opportunity to work with a partner(s) of their choice or if they're out on the playground, this need to be in relationship with others really comes into play. While some children may want to work or play alone for a little while, generally even those children eventually gravitate toward a group. Whether you agree with me or not, we are social beings. Some of us may not be as sociable as others...you know who you are and so do we but that still does not mean you don't crave the society of others in some way, shape or form.
The enemy hates relationships! From the very beginning the enemy has tried to destroy relationships. The enemy tried to destroy the relationship between God and man first. God's response was to provide the way back into relationship with Him. Then the enemy tried to destroy the relationship between the man and his wife. If only they would go their separate ways! They obviously didn't as we are all here!
God does not intend for us to run alone. Over and over again Christ-Followers are are referred to as being a part of The Body. That means we are to be in relationship with one another.
Many of us have been wounded in past relationships. We've been ridiculed or cast off by others including those who claim to be a part of the Body of Christ. So, we build up walls and hide behind them so no one can hurt us every again. The problem is, the wounds inflicted don't heal up during our self-inflicted exile. We're trying to solve the problem our way instead of God's way.
I believe God is calling His people to step out from behind the walls and into His healing arms. I believe God is calling us to be in relationship with each other. He is calling us to do life together as we do life with Him.
My maternal grandmother had eight children. Her oldest son passed away in his early twenties so he did not have any children. However, the rest of them did. My grandmother had 26 grandchildren. What a time we would have when we all got together. My grandma loved nothing more than to watch her family swarm around her. She loved to hear our laughter ringing out as brothers and sisters enjoyed visiting together and children played together. My grandmother loved our "togetherness" and I believe God loves it when His children are together in their hearts as well.
Perhaps you feel like you are completely alone. You feel like there are no brothers or sisters you can lean on. Ask God to bring you into relationship with others. Ask God to bring brothers and sisters in to your life who are willing to run beside you as you run beside them. God will answer your prayer as He answered mine. It is God's will that we be in relationship with one another.
Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (NLT)