Part 2 of 2
by Pastor Dave
Late walks at night, early in the morning, or at sunset can be a great way to find the door to his throne room. The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork (Psalm 19:1). The vastness of his creation, his attention to detail, his abundance of color and purpose and how all creation works to sustain our existence humbles me. I guess I often start by lifting up my eyes unto the hills. This begins to take my eyes off my troubles. Although I am still looking through the eyes of loneliness, I begin to look at his majesty and not my sources of loneliness.
His Stillness and Silence
Jesus never spoke to Peter in the courtyard. There is power in his stillness and great silence. His silence will strip me to bare bones within the joy of approval or to my knees of confession or through pouring out my heart before the God of all creation. As I stand before his silence, I pour out the very depth of my soul.
Peter put it this way (He learned it the hard way) in Romans 8:16. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit. His presence seems to break through the silence whether I am walking, writing, meditating on his thought or scripture I memorized, or studying his word. This is because he speaks to me through his word when I am in prayer and in the stillness of my soul when my thoughts shift from the cares of this world to his majestic greatness. Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen (I Timothy 1:17).
His Glory and Grace
The river starts flowing with his glory and grace. Out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water (John 7:38). At this time, my loneliness turns to joy in the shadow of his presence. I see his glory through his greatness in my soul and in his word. With my heart fixed on him his grace flows to me. In essence, his divine influence upon my heart will reflect in my life, my decisions, and my attitude.
Getting God’s grace is getting the mind of Christ. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5). By letting loneliness drive us to Christ, we get his mind and his influence on our thoughts. We rest in him and wait for his next move. And he will move.
In our loneliness we become abandoned to him where now we wait on his timing! We wait for him to move! We wait for his next instruction! They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength (Isaiah 40:31). We can be drawn to the Lord by many things. We can be drawn by our sins, our weakness, our circumstances, but loneliness should always drive us to him. There we renew our focus by focusing on him as the hymn says “Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in his wonderful face (through prayer, scripture, silence) and the things of this world will grow strangely dim in the light of his glory and grace.” We regain our peace in the silence and in his presence. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:13).
Our joy is restored. Joy unspeakable and full of glory (I Peter 1:8). Our heart begins to bubble with hope again. We partake of him as David said in Psalm 34:8 “Taste and see that the Lord is good.”
We are at rest as we wait. Seemingly, so far from what trial caused our loneliness but so close to the solution. In the end he will bring the answers we need. His timing is impeccable and things will not only go well but better than you ever dreamed. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God and are called according to his purposes (Romans 8:28).
In the end I have gone through this process because of the loneliness of life, some great some small. I am always left with the residue of God’s love and the assurance that everything will work out even if I do not see it or understand it at the time as long as we have Romans 8: 35-39. Weighing in all these things, we are more than conquerors. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ (Romans 8:35)? Nothing. Go to him and see for yourself for loneliness comes to us all.