This morning, a pastor and his young preteen son joined in on a prayer during our morning church prayer service and shared about the importance of not isolating. He made a mistake in which he knew better, but learned it’s important not to isolate and that God forgives, and shared that encouraging message.
It’s a reminder to us all that when we sin we ought not to isolate. When Adam and Eve sinned, they hid in the garden; yet God called out to them. He asked Adam a question, “Where are you?” Surely God knew where Adam was, but he was giving him an opportunity to not isolate and to simply confess. Adam did respond and expressed his fear, but then he blamed God. The consequence was fatal; yet God promised a savior because he loves his children.
God loves each of us and like the Father of the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32), He is waiting with open arms for our return. He doesn’t want us to isolate from Him or our brothers and sisters in Christ. He says “Draw near to me and I will draw near to you.” (James 4:8-10) Matthew West sings a song “The God Who Stays“, which is about how God helps us in our weakness. But we have to do our part. A mentor of mine says, “God will do for you what you cannot do for yourself; but God will not do for you what you can do for yourself.” God is a gentleman and is knocking at the door of your heart, waiting until you open it. If there’s something going on which leads you to isolate, then draw near to God, open the door of your heart to Him and watch Him restore you. He loves you and is waiting for you. And if you know someone who is isolating, keep in mind that there’s something going on leading them to isolate. Love on them and pray for them.
And let’s keep our sister blogger Pat in prayer as she continues to fight this virus. I pray for a quick and full recovery. God be with you always.