WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 6
“And Ziba said to the king, “He is in the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, at Lo-debar.”
2 Samuel 9:4 ESV
GOD IS KIND: WHEN WE FEEL ALONE
Did you hear about the lonely frog who went to see a fortune-teller? The lonely frog was told not to worry. The fortune-teller said, “You’re going to meet a beautiful young girl, and she will want to know everything about you.” “That’s great!” the excited frog said. “When will I meet her?” And the psychic said, “Next semester…in biology class.” The feelings of loneliness can be so strong they hurt.
When King David found Mephibosheth he was in a lonely place called Lo Debar. The name literally meant “a place of no pasture” or “a place of desolation.” It was a hilly displaced-hard to reach area, a place where the marginalized due to illnesses resided, people with deformities, fugitives of the law, and the societal misfits lived there. King David brought him from a place of loneliness and desolation to a place of grace and plenty.
Each of us who have come to Christ have come from places that do not satisfy and places of exile from God into a loving relationship with Him. There are all sorts of things in this world that can make us feel like outcasts or like we don’t belong. If we are going to be spiritually healthy we must start with the fact that as believers we do belong and we do have a place in Christ. Do you struggle with feelings of loneliness? Friendship, companionship and a sense of belonging are legitimate needs that we can be tempted to satisfy in illegitimate ways. Do you make good choices to try to satisfy that need? Ask God how He wants to fill that void in your life.