The Holy Spirit is alive and He is in us today. He has been in us since we first came to believe. The Holy Spirit gave me a blessing today.
A friend came to me and without reservation reached out and hugged me. We did not have but a few minutes together. In that short time he thanked me. He shared with me a sorrow he is carrying.
My friend is a spiritually knowledgeable fellow. He understands all the Scriptures that teach to keeping faith and holding fast. He knows the Scriptures that teach prayer for supplication. He knows that we are to bear our trials and know there is joy on the other side.
Knowing all these things, my friend is no less sorrowful.
Scripture teaches about loneliness.
Then they seized him and led him away, bringing him into the high priest’s house, and Peter was following at a distance.
Earlier this same night Jesus broke bread and drank from the cup. Earlier this same night He pointed out that Judas Iscariot would betray Him. Earlier the evening He heard Peter swear that he, Peter, would never abandon His King’s side.
A crowd came up that hill with Judas leading them. Battle lines were drawn: Christ’s disciples on one side and the people sent by the Priests opposed to Christ Jesus on the other.
A sword was drawn and an ear severed, then Christ Jesus healed the wound. He was arrested. His friends abandoned him. His disciples left him alone. The people He preached to; the people He healed turned their backs on Him.
Mar 15:33, 34
And when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.
And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
There is little to be said. In this moment Christ Jesus was alone.
Christ Jesus, knowing the suffering He would endure, endured it…alone.
By His life, death and resurrection we are saved. We cannot begin to fathom the suffering He took upon Himself knowing there would not be a pardon. Also, by His life, death and resurrection He saves us and He removes the sting of sorrow.
And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’
And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.’
But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’
So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”
And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on.”
Jesus then goes on to tell us that our God; our Father, supplies every need of every other creature. How much more does God love us? Immeasurably more!
Perhaps loneliness is form of storing up “treasures” of this world. Obviously, in this parable the Lord is speaking about material wealth. Would it be a stretch to say we have sorrow because we choose to carry a burden already lifted from our backs? For some of us, that burden is a prized possession; a treasure of sorts.
We’ll pull that burden out every so often; generally, when things are seemingly good.
I’ve had my hours of darkness. For myself, I can attest that my worst sorrows and loneliness were of my making.
Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.
The cause of my sorrows. The cause of loneliness sometimes seems overwhelming. We forget God’s Word that is written on our hearts. We are His children and He loves us beyond any love we can imagine. We lose focus; we cease to pay “attention to what we have heard….”
I do not have a remedy for my friend’s sorrows. God does. He has made us “joint heirs” in His Kingdom.
Perhaps the answer is to “pay much closer attention…” to the scriptures.
but standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!”
Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.
After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.”
A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
I cannot imagine a scene of greater loneliness.
I think, it is only my thought, that not only has He rescued me from the world, He also rescues me from myself.
Lord, help us all to set aside those burdens that hold us back from You. Amen.