As we continue to stay home in an attempt to slow down the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), many of us are feeling isolated. We can no longer go to our workplaces, churches, gyms, favorite coffee shops—you name it. Consequently, we are cut off from regular face-to-face interaction with others. We are beginning to realize how desperately we need relationships.
At the very beginning of creation, after breathing life into the first man, Adam, God declared: “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him” (Genesis 2:18 ESV). Shortly thereafter, God created the first woman, Eve.
Ponder God’s words for a minute: “It is not good for man to be alone.” The God who created us meant for us to live in community as he himself does: he exists in a Trinity. It is not God’s intent for humans to live in permanent isolation from one another. Isolation is a result of living in a broken world.
We also see in Genesis that God designed humans to be in relationship with himself. After Adam and Eve sinned against God by listening to the voice of the Serpent and eating from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, they hid from God. Genesis 3:8 tells us, “Then 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, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden” (NIV). Although the author of Genesis does not elaborate on what God’s walking in the garden was like, we can infer from this verse that God spent time in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve. He desired to commune with his creations. Tragically, Adam and Eve’s sin broke that communion and literally caused them to be separated from God.
Now, let’s skip ahead to John 3. Jesus, the Son of God who is one with God, has come down to Earth to restore what has been lost.
In John 3, we find Jesus speaking to a man named Nicodemus, a Pharisee who was curious about the Kingdom of God. Jesus says to Nicodemus, “For this is how God loved the world: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. God sent his Son into the world not to judge the world, but to save the world through him” (NLT). Jesus told Nicodemus about a God who would give his own Son so that his creations could be restored to fellowship with him.
This is our hope in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic when we feel that we cannot bear the loneliness any longer.
In this season of isolation, I want to remind you that you are not alone, though your feelings may say otherwise. I encourage you to reflect on these three things as you spend time at home:
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Gabrielle Odom