Who’s really there for you? Not just someone to “like” your status update or follow you on Instagram … but to like you? To love you? Right now, if you got bad news … if you just broke up … if you lost your job … if you were hungry? Where would you turn? Who would you call if you were crying? Who would listen—and love you? No matter what? Even if you’ve done something bad, or if someone did something bad to you?
In the last three years, I have noticed that while anyone of us can accumulate friends and followers on social media, friends that are there for you when you need them, support you when you are trying to build something, pray for you when you are going through a trial, are few and far between. It has been a wake up call but I think that was a good thing. Why? Because I learned two things. 1) The most unlikely people will show you they care and 2) which is the most important, God really cares.
He has loved you since before you were born? He loved enough to die for you? The same God who created the mountains and the oceans created you. Knows you. Loves you. And He’s there for you. He wants to be your friend.
I know sometimes I have felt alone. But that is normal, really. At some point all Christians feel alone or begin to doubt that God is a loving God. But here’s what you need to know: God’s attitude toward you is love.
The Bible explicitly tells us that God loves and cares about you deeply. And even if your emotional connection with Him isn’t always there, God is still near.
One of the most touching verses in Scripture that perfectly captures this truth of God’s heart toward us is found in Zephaniah, which states: “The Lord your God is with you. He’s mighty to deliver. He takes great delight in you. He will quiet you with His love. He rejoices over you with singing.” (3:17)
So here is the game-changer: God’s promise is that if we draw near to God then He will draw near to us (James 4:8). But how do you do this?
You can draw near to God when you open His word. You can begin anywhere in the Bible, but if you’re feeling particularly dry spiritually, one of the most helpful places to start is in the Psalms. Then, once you have your Bible open, pray a prayer that goes something like: “God, I’m taking a step toward you. Please speak to me.”
The second part of this game-changer is to find a friend, someone who is a godly person and ask them to hang out with you, even if it’s just for an hour. You might suggest grabbing a cup of coffee together. Share your hearts and pray together. Then, watch God show up.
Who cares? God does. In this I believe.