As many times as this generation has been labeled, there’s nothing new under the sun. Regardless of time, people hate being ignored and painfully fear being forgotten. We’re surrounded by starving people, hungry for acceptance.
Often, we are like sheep, blindly following convention. Our bleats are drowned out by the busyness of life, so we settle into a life void of risk-taking by opting for a net of safety and complacency. Lies tell us, “I am not good enough,” and this becomes our crippling platform. This leads to a frantic search for fulfillment in empty counterfeits.
Do not be dismayed, these sheep have a shepherd.
We have a Savior who looks upon us with unconditional grace and an understanding that His children do not always feel accepted. There’s this unspoken tension within all of us that says we need to tidy ourselves up and fix all of our faults in order to find approval. Thankfully, the great Physician does not need us to clean up; he lets us come as we are. Broken, battered, confused, lonely, and hurt.
He tells us, “I loved you first.”
Do you know how much power this carries? God allows us to fall away from Him time and time again, but all the while, He reigns in our hearts. He patiently waits for us. We, like the Israelites, forget God has freed us from slavery as we wander in the wilderness complaining of hunger. We dwell on our losses instead of the gifts God generously gives to interrupt our imitations of a meaningful existence.
In our imperfection, we can point to His perfection; in our imperfect love, we can point to His unconditional and never-changing love; in our imperfect constancy, we can point to Christ who never changes. God not only brought us to Himself—He transformed our hearts and redirected our lives, equipping us with His strength so we can always display His faithfulness in our lives. He gave us peace to reign in our hearts rather than doubt; forgiveness, so we may forgive others; and perfect love, which binds together everything. Why would we abandon the gifts He gave us? We did nothing to earn or lose them, so why not use them to the fullest potential, take every risk, pursue Him daily to live the most rewarding life ever imagined?
God did not abandon us and leave us on earth without a purpose. He has authored a story beyond each and every one of our minds. We are penciled into this story and each person has a unique role in the history our heavenly Father has created. God not only holds, upholds, sustains, and carries this world, He came INTO this world as His own flesh with His OWN blood. He lived out this lonely lifestyle that we often feel alone in now.
He came for one purpose: to obey His father and fulfill His Father’s purpose. His obedience isolated him at times, left him pleading to his Father, and ultimately allowed him to take a place on the cross to cover our transgressions. During His time on earth, God felt all the emotions we succumb to now. There were times He stood alone in prayer, crying out to His heavenly Father. If anyone knows loneliness, it is God. He knows it deeper and more painfully than you and I could ever fathom.
God never forgot His purpose. Not even once. When we rest in HIS story, we have an assurance that we will never be alone.
“Lord, you alone are my inheritance, my cup of blessing. You guard all that is mine. The land you have given me is a pleasant land. What a wonderful inheritance!” – Psalm 16:5-6