We, as a society, struggle with loneliness. Lonely feelings can lead to a sense of abandonment. This can be true even within a church and in our individual/spiritual lives. We can imagine ourselves abandoned by God even though the Scriptures promise us that ‘He will never leave us nor forsake us’. How can this be?
The week’s text (Mark 6:45-52) leaves some room ’the alone factor' when we see in Verse 45 that ‘He made the disciples get in the boat and go before Him’. They weren’t completely alone in that Jesus had put them together but they were alone in that He was not physically with them. Have you experienced this type of feeling before? Maybe someone has put you in charge and left and you found yourself over your head?
The week’s text also leaves some room ’the abandonment factor' when we see in Verse 48 that ‘He came to them walking on the sea. He meant to pass by them.’ Jesus had seen them and their struggle but was heading to Bethsaida to minister to the people there. In a situation like this, we could have went from feeling alone to feeling abandoned. Why didn’t He plan to stop? What made Him stop? Verse 49 says ‘they cried out’. Jesus spoke to them and got into the boat after they cried out to Him.
Jesus does not leave us alone (He was with them the entire time and saw every move they made). Jesus won’t abandon us either…but we do have a responsibility in how we ask God to be a part of our lives. 2 Chronicles 7:14 gives us a prescriptive promise that will ensure we never find ourselves separated from God. If My people who are called by My Name, humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
This promise is amazing! God will forgive and heal rather than abandon…but He requires us to:
Humble Ourselves - to put ourselves in the appropriate position and God in His appropriate position…this is a great start!
Pray to Him - From a humble position, call out to God in prayer just like they cried out to Him from the boat.
Seek His face - we can choose to seek many things but God tells us to seek His face if we want Him in our life.
Turn from our wicked ways - changing direction. Recognizing the course our boat is charting leaves us rowing endlessly and inviting God into our lives.
Maybe you have found yourself in a lonely place. Maybe you are looking for the prescription to get out of that place. I believe you now have it. Will you do it?
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