Alone With God

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'...the Lord... is a jealous God.'
Exodus 34:14

God is jealous of anything that takes His place in your life, especially a 'relationship idol'. You say, 'What's that?' It's the lie that convinces you your happiness depends on another person. When you look to somebody other than God for security, purpose, worth and contentment - all the things He willingly provides - He's jealous. So tear down that idol! Yes, it's hard to have nobody to share your life with, or come home to. But when God wants you to hear His voice, sometimes He silences all the rest.

Has it occurred to you that you're alone, not because nobody likes you, but because God is drawing you to a deeper place of intimacy with Him? 'How can I know?' you ask. Joshua was alone when God gave him the plan for conquering Jericho. John was alone on the island of Patmos when Heaven opened and he wrote the book of Revelation. The Bible says, 'Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak' (Genesis 32:24 NIV). That's when God changed his name from Jacob, a deceiver, to Israel, a prince with God. When you don't know who you are, you'll allow yourself to be swallowed up in somebody else's life in order to find worth and fulfilment. You'll think you need them in order to enjoy being you. No, let God tell you who you are. After all, who knows you better? The only way you'll discover your true identity, is by being alone with God!

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Mike said…
This is a tough one! I'm not sure God wants us to be alone period, but I guess there are times when He takes us to the lonely places so we can lean on Him totally and put our relationships in perspective. Jesus knows what it is like to be alone. In this Holy Week we remember that he was abandoned by his friends and he had no one but his Father. Praying that we all know His voice this special week.