Have you ever been on a business trip or
an extended stay away from your loved ones? When I am out of town I can hardly
lay my head on my pillow at night without hearing my wife and kids voices
first. I am not complete without them and I know it. It is discouraging when
you cant stay connected to those closest to you. That’s because disconnection
always leads to discouragement. Lately I have spent a lot of time reading
letters that were written from World War II soldiers to their families who were
at home. To be honest, the passion and dedication to stay in communication with
their families during such times of great danger and distress actually touched
me. Sometimes they would be writing while laying in a fox hole in-between
battles, and sometimes they would be writing while laying on a cot in a field
hospital. The one thing that was obvious was that they were simply not
themselves apart from having some kind of communication with those they loved
the most. The sense of connection encouraged them and gave them the strength to
The emotions that we feel when we are
separated from our families are the same emotions God feels when He is
separated form His creation. His passion and desire to be connected to His
children is unsurpassed. Since the creation of the first man from the dust of
the earth, to the present time, God has always initiated the communication with
mankind. Despite our efforts to silence Him, He continues to engage us.
The author of Hebrews explains how in
times past God communicated through His profits, priests, and even through
angels and visions. Despite God’s continual efforts,
mankind as a whole generally chose to ignore His call to personal connection.
When it became obvious that mankind would never consistently come to God, God came
to man. This time, God didn’t come to man in a voice, or a burning bush, or
even through an angel. This time God sent a greater method of connection that
openly displayed His greater love and commitment to mankind. This time God sent
His only Son. This time all God became all man in the person of Jesus Christ.
The same Jesus that was the creative hand in forming mankind in the beginning
became a part of mankind. His mission was to communicate the desire of God to
have a personal and intimate relationship with His people. Jesus was greater
than the angels, greater than the prophets, and greater than the priests. He
was greater than the Law of Moses and greater than the most choice lamb
designated for sacrifice under the Law. He was the physical expression of the
nature and power of God. Jesus was and is simply greater.
is important that we remember as Christ followers that God loved us so much
that He wanted to engage, encourage, and equip us to not only have and maintain
a close personal connection with Him through Jesus Christ, but also to be able
to share that connection by engaging, equipping, and encouraging others to do
the same. Do you have marital issues, addictions, anxiety, financial problems,
illnesses, depression and the like? Maybe you don't suffer front the
aforementioned, yet you still feel unsatisfied, discontent, and discouraged.
Regardless of your situation, God deeply desires to connect with you. right
where you are wherever you are. He sent the greatest Heaven had to secure a
relationship with you. God never designed people to be wandering aimlessly with
no hope or direction.
disconnection leads to discouragement, but connection leads to direction. Will
you connect with Him?