A Yearning Only One Can Fulfill
God designed us with a God-shaped hole in our hearts. Yes, he has provided marriage and friendship and fellowship as means to provide for our companionship in this life. But even before God brought Eve to Adam, he was created alone. And God said, "It is not good that man is alone." Notice how God created him in that state of aloneness that he then called not good.
That was before the fall. It is interesting that we were originally created by God, alone. The reason God created in this way is so that we will find our all in him. We are not complete apart from God.
We often think we are not complete without another person. And certainly God designed us for companionship with people. However, companionship with other people was never intended to be an end in itself. It is meant to drive us to our deepest fulfillment of loneliness, which is the Lord himself.
That's why he created us the way he did—so that we will yearn for and recognize our need of something that no human being can fill and that we can't fix ourselves.
When you’re facing times of trouble and it feels like God is against you, there are two important things to do.
Why did Jesus send his disciples into that storm? He did it for the same reason he sometimes sends you into storms—because he knows that sometimes you need the storm in order to be able to see the glory.
In this video, Justin Taylor sits down with Lydia Brownback to discuss her new book, Finding God in My Loneliness.