God loves numbers.
In the beginning of His perfect Word, he says “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…” This is one of my very favorite parts of scripture. He himself is never alone; he himself is community. This is hard to understand… But we are to rejoice in it. Why is this a call to rejoice? Because it gives us hope.
If man, in our state of imminent death and perpetual darkness, becomes lonely… It is encouraging. I am encouraged because even though I am bent towards evil (there are no words that can correctly convey how evil we all truly are), I have the remnants of the image of God in my very being-within my very human nature. It is encouraging because we are made in the image of God who does not desire to be alone. His desire is to be with himself and with us. Our loneliness is the fallen shadow of our once perfect state: a desire to be with God. A desire to be with Jesus. A desire to be with the Spirit. A desire to be with people.
I was once asked, “If you were alone, could you fully experience God?”
“Of course,” I answered. But I was wrong. Even though he would have come if there was only me or only you, that isn’t the case. He came for all of us. Each and every one of us. Community is vital. It is vital to survival. It is vital to thriving. It is vital to living the abundant life on the narrow way that Jesus so lovingly beckons us towards each and every morning when we wake up.
This is something I am learning.
Living a life for Jesus alone is nearly impossible; this is why Jesus intentionally sends out his disciples and followers in pairs of two in Luke 10 and Matthew 10. He says, “Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.”
In a world that is not our own (for it belongs to Satan-the “god of this world”-2 Corinthians 4:4), we cannot stand alone. We are citizens of Heaven in a dark place. This foreign, evil world, is full wolves. Sheep must stay together. The sheep that strays from the herd is the one that gets eaten.
It is because we, humans, are like our God. Molded out of his very image. Thus our creation. It is not that God was lonely; for he was, is, and will be perfect. However, I believe that he wants, no, he needs us. We are not necessary to God’s survival, but he does need us. He has let himself need us… Not necessarily only for people to love him, but also because he needs to love. He needs people to love. And that’s it. That’s us. We are the objects of his love. He created us to love us. It is in his nature (and thus in ours) to desire friendship, to desire community, to desire to be loved, and to desire to love.
Let this be encouraging to you; your loneliness is not a thorn in your side, rather a monument of God’s very imprint on your being. Be genuine and enjoy life with your friends.
“Though one may be overpowered,
two can defend themselves.
A cord of three strands is not easily broken.”