When God made the world He saw that everything was good. When he made man He was pleased and said that it was good. But the only time God looked at His creation and decided He could improve it, was when he saw that Adam was lonely, and he needed a companion. For this reason God made woman. Woman was made to alleviate the loneliness of the man. Now don’t jump to conclusions based on the last sentence. I’m not saying women are inferior, nor am I saying that the only purpose for a woman is to please a man. But I am saying that there is supposed to be a companionship between people. We are not designed to be lonely.
So when Christians are lonely, it is very saddening for me. Jesus said when He went away back to heaven that He was sending the Holy Spirit in His place, to be our comforter and our companion. So we have a built in, real alive God called the Spirit of God, who dwells in us. We should never be lonely. But many Christians are terribly lonely. Some people are lonely because their family has moved to a new town and they have struggled to make new friends. It is hard to break into an established crowd who have known each other for a long time. Other people are lonely in their marriage, because they have drifted apart and they no longer seem able to find the words to speak to one another. Some people are lonely because they feel nobody understands them. They have ideas and thoughts and things they like, which seem to be different from everyone else. Is that you? Are you lonely today?
The good news of the gospel is that Jesus came to be your friend. Moses was a friend of God. Jesus was close to His disciples. We even read of times when John was leaning against Jesus breast at dinner time. Jesus was a close friend and companion with his disciples and he wants the same relationship with you. The way this relationship works is it starts by you receiving Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. If you have done that, then it requires fellowship, every day. This is where many Christians go wrong. They spend no time with God, and then they wonder why their Christian walk seems so tough. The way we spend time with God is through reading the Bible and through prayer. Something supernatural happens when we read the Bible and we pray. Our spirits are joined somehow to Christ’s and we feel an energy that comes from the revelation of Him. God imparts wisdom to us as we read the Bible. We get built up in our faith and we feel closer to God. This is fellowship. The more time you spend with someone you love, the more you fall in love. They say that distance makes the heart grow fonder, but that is only in cases where you go away occasionally for a short time. Long periods of being apart will break, not make a relationship.
Make sure that you pray every day. It is really simple and quick and you do not need to say any special words. You don’t have to sound like those people in church who pray publicly either. Just be yourself and chat with God the way you would chat to a friend! Jesus is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.