“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28 NIV)
Loneliness is in many cases interpreted as being in your lonesome or not having any friends or company. What if I told you that you can still feel lonely within a large group of friends. I would like to open up this series with the moment the Lord God, approached the prophet Jeremiah.
The Call of Jeremiah
To give some context Jeremiah at this point was young and had no idea that he had a calling upon his life. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5 NIV. Then Jeremiah preceded to mention to God his age “Alas, Sovereign LORD,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.” Jeremiah 1:6. I can sympathise with Jeremiah because there he is probably thinking about what he is going to have for lunch or dinner, and the Almighty God approaches him with such powerful words that automatically caused anxiety. Have you ever felt anxious about the future? or whether you were going to live up to the expectations of your parents? Your confidence should be this; it is not in your own strength, God has already equipped you and given you the ability to be everything he has called you to be!
God has already equipped you and given you the ability to be everything he has called you to be!
Called out of Loneliness
Notice in the scripture nothing was mentioned that Jeremiah was out with a group of friends having fun when God called him. The Bible gives us the impression that he was alone and that was when God approached him. At this point pose yourself this question; do I have moments alone with God? Let me tell you, the day I decided to have alone time with God sometimes just to talk I no longer felt alone nor did I seek approval from outsiders. It was like every time I went to him he became everything to me; my mother, father, sister and brother. The satisfaction came without being surrounded by a crowd.
You are more than what you think
To close out I would like to mention that God quickly corrected Jeremiah in telling him not to speak about himself in such as way (Jeremiah 1:7). This demonstrates not only the love God has for his children but how valuable He sees us! If you understood how much he loves you would specifically seek to have alone times with the Lord.
As I write this I am recapitulating the words the Lord spoke to me yesterday when he said “Trust and know that I am God” it was so surprisingly clear to me and caused an awareness I did not previously have. You see I wasn’t aware that I wasn’t trusting in God, I thought that if I’m praising and worshipping, I must trust God right? Wrong, the contents of my heart were exposed at that very moment. I then proceeded to repent and retrieve the memory anyone in my life that I had trusted fully, unfortunately no one had come to mind. I then realised that I had been painting God with the same paintbrush that I was using with the people of this world.
As I reflect on the journey the Israelites underwent; I realised they went through a great deal of situations that almost gave them no other choice but to trust God. But the king’s horses and chariots and soldiers caught up with them while they were camping by the Red Sea near Pi-Hahiroth and Baal-Zephon.When the Israelites saw the king coming with his army, they were frightened and begged the Lord for help. 11 They also complained to Moses, “Wasn’t there enough room in Egypt to bury us? Exodus 14:9-11 CEV. If you notice here as soon as they saw trouble they complained to Moses and were fearful. It is very interesting how quick they turned, in the previous verses the Bible states that the Israelites were walking proudly. Then a couple of verses down they were begging to become slaves again. Is that how we are today? That only when God blesses us we are in full ‘trust’ and happiness however as soon as the tide turns we flee in terror almost expecting the trouble to overcome us?
I marvel at the words that Moses spoke (inspired by God) to encourage the Israelites. Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see thedeliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.Exodus 14:13NIV. This was a clear direction on what we ought to do in trouble even though we cannot see the deliverance with our own eyes.
This was a clear direction on what we ought to do in trouble even though we cannot see the deliverance with our own eyes.
I always like to make a reference to the new testament in this case Jesus was encouraging his disciples before he went to the cross. “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.John 14:1NIV. He was explaining that he was departing but assuring that them that it would benefit them, by these further words And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. John 14:3 NIV. Here I believe Jesus was instructing them to trust the process though it may be painful.
Today try asking God to help you trust in him, for nothing is impossible for him who believe. Then allow him to work in your life without the pressures of your own wisdom and understanding.