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Mankind's Need

"Thus saith the LORD,
Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where
is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls."
Jer 6:16 (The Bible)

September 2007

     Finding Spiritual Rest and Companionship

     God created mankind with a twofold need for companionship. One of these is human companionship, which is of great importance. The very fact that we can experience loneliness indicates that we were not created to live our lives alone. God created us as social beings, meant to communicate and to share our lives with others. We believe though, that mankind's primary companionship need is for soul reconciliation of the soul with God. Nothing else will truly satisfy until this need is met.
     If you find yourself with an inner heart-cry, a heart-loneliness, and you have a longing for fulfillment that you have not been able to find, the first step is to identify whether your relationship with God the Heavenly Father, has been established. This relationship is found through Jesus Christ, the Redeemer. Jesus clarifies His role in our lives in His words in Matthew 11:28 "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Here is true soul rest! 
     The sad reality is that the story of lonely souls is a common one today. In spite of all the advancements of medicine, science and technology, there is nothing in our "modern" age that can fill the place of true faith in God. Increasingly children are growing up without a faith-based anchor for their lives, and the result is a generation of young people who have no spiritual moorings.
     The writer of the song, Where No One Stands Alone, put the pathos of a spiritually lonely heart into his words as he writes, "Once I stood in the night with my head bowed low, in the darkness as black as could be, and my heart felt alone, and I cried, O Lord, don't hide your face from me. Like a king I may live in a palace so tall, with great riches to call my own; But I don't know a thing in this whole wide world, that's worse than being alone" 1. (emphasis ours) .
     This sad scene is portraying what is essentially spiritual loneliness. Within the heart of each person, there exists an inner, heart loneliness, because of estrangement from the creator God. When God fills this void, the result is an inner peace and rest in which the individual will truly be able to say, "I no longer stand alone."

- Mervin Brubacher
   Barwick, ON

1. Mosie Lister, Lillenas Publishing Co.