DayBreaks for 08/15/12 – Changing Your N to a V
Have you every been lonely? I mean, REALLY lonely? Perhaps it was in a strange town on a business trip. Maybe it was in a foreign country where you knew no one and no one knew you, where the language and customs may as well have come from Venus. Perhaps, sadly, it was in your own church, or even worse yet, in your own family. Loneliness is epidemic. We are bombarded with constant communication in the form of TV, movies, radio, the Internet, wireless devices such as cell phones and PDA’s that keep us up to date on all that is going on in the world, but we are still lonely. Why? Because none of those things really communicate WITH us. They may communicate information TO us, but that’s different.
Psalm 23:4: “…You are with me…”
Often times we are lonely because of something particular in our lives. It may be a deformity of body, spirit, or mind. David, the shepherd, wasn’t even among the first wave of brothers brought before Samuel for consideration as the future king of Israel because he was the “youngest son”. Did you know that the term Jesse used to describe David as “youngest son” is literally “the runt”? David knew and understood loneliness and rejection. There must have been many nights as a shepherd, or when he was on the run for his very life from the pursuing Saul, that he sat alone in the cold, wrapped in a cloak, and longed for a friend that could see past his “runtiness”.
He found that friend in God. “You are with me…” Even when no one else is close. Even though I cannot see you. Even though I may not hear you. Even though I may not feel Your Presence, I know “You are with me…”.
“The discovery of David is indeed the message of Scripture – the Lord is with us. And, since the Lord is near, everything is different. Everything!
“You may be facing death, but you aren’t facing death alone; the Lord is with you. You may be facing unemployment, but you aren’t facing unemployment alone; the Lord is with you. You may be facing marital struggles, but you aren’t facing them alone; the Lord is with you. You may be facing debt, but you aren’t facing debt alone; the Lord is with you.
“Underline these words: You are not alone.
“Your family may turn against you, but God won’t. Your friends may betray you, but God won’t. You may feel alone in the wilderness, but you are not. He is with you. And because he is, everything is different. You are different.
“God changes your ‘n’ into a ‘v’. You go from lonely to lovely.” – Max Lucado, Traveling Light
If you are His, you may feel lonely from time to time – it seems to be part of our human condition. But you have been made lovely and you are precious to Him!
Isaiah 43:4-5 – “4 Since you are precious and honored in my sight, and because I love you, I will give men in exchange for you, and people in exchange for your life. 5 Do not be afraid, for I am with you…”.
PRAYER: In our moments of loneliness, Lord, may we hear your heartbeat near us – steady and constant – reassuring us of your presence and unending love.. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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