Saturday, September 29, 2018

The Separator - Martin Wiles

The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Genesis 2:18 NLT
I felt the sting of separation repeatedly.
While growing up, I experienced the challenges of living in a lower middle-lower-middle-class family. Dad worked on an ice cream truck and at a local hardware store when I was a small child. When I was six, he entered the ministry and began preaching. His pay was meager at best. Mom supplemented our income by working at the local Chevrolet dealership, a practice she continued through our many moves.
Separation came when I couldn’t have all the things my peers had. Not only was I separated by appearance—I was a skinny, freckle-faced kid—but I was also separated by brands. Occasionally, Mom bought me Converse tennis shoes and Levi genes, but most of the time I had to be satisfied with what she could afford. And since Dad never stayed at any one church for long, I was always the new kid at school.
Like Adam, I felt the pain of separation . . . of being alone. God had created the earth, plants, trees, sea life, and humans—but only one person. Though Adam was in a garden full of life, he was alone. No one else like him existed. So God created Eve.
God created us for relationships. When we don’t have them—or when they’re disrupted for whatever reason—loneliness takes over and makes life miserable. The same happens when we don’t have a relationship with our Creator. God had the fellowship of His Trinitarian nature—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Spirit—but He wanted more. He desired us.
Sin manufactures separation, resulting in a unique type of loneliness. It separates us from the God who loves us and will make our lives miserable. Other relationships and possessions won’t satisfy our despondent state of existence. Only by repentance will God restore us to a right relationship with Him. Through daily confession of our sins of omission and commission, we keep this relationship healthy.
God doesn’t want us to be separated from Him or others. We were made for relationships—not loneliness. Things or people can’t fill the place reserved for God alone. And when things aren’t right with God, they won’t be right with others.
Don’t let anything separate you from the One who loves you more than any other person could.

Prayer: Father, thank You for loving us immeasurably. Make our relationship with You what You desire it to be. 

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