Nov 29 2014
Think about the jealousy you experience when you imagine your boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife being with someone else or leaving you. We want them to be with us and ONLY us.
Now think about God and how much he loves us. When God thinks about us doing wrong and “being” with someone other than himself, he doesn’t like it a bit.
I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God.
Maybe more than jealousy, our significant other leaving makes us fearful. So many of us fear being alone.
God, because he made us, knows these things about us. Throughout the Old Testament, God promises the people things like this…
I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people.
God was offering his PRESENCE. And eventually, Jesus fulfills this promise, comes to earth, and walks among us…
The Word became flesh and blood,
and moved into the neighborhood.
_John 1:14, Message version
God knows that PRESENCE is one purpose he created us for. In the Garden of Eden, God was WITH Adam and Eve…
…the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day.
We were made for presence. It’s inherent in our design.
This is why it’s often hard to endure being alone.
This is why it’s often hard to be away from people we love.
This is why it’s often hard to think about someone leaving us.
With this in mind, the words of Jesus take on a brand new, more meaningful significance.
Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.
And how does he accomplish this? The Holy Spirit…
The Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.