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A Bachelor Pad

For the past few days my wife and kids have been away at church camp. While I’m sure they are having a great time the experience has been sort of boring for me at home alone.

For my whole life I’ve lived with someone else. When I graduated High School I went to college and lived in a dorm. Over the summer I came home and lived with my parents. A few months before we got married I moved home and lived with my parents until after the wedding. I’ve always had the company of family or roommates to keep my boredom in check. While my wife and kids are at camp, though, it’s just been me and the dogs.

If you live by yourself and like it than more power to you. I know of several people who have lived alone for years and enjoy the solitude and quiet. I’m not near as big of a fan of the bachelor life. Sure my kids may be loud at times and any two adults living in the same quarters can get on each others nerves at times but it is a life I’m used to.

Humans are meant to be creatures of fellowship in the first place. When God made Adam and put him in the Garden of Eden He noticed that man was alone and in His infinite wisdom made Eve to be Adam’s companion and friend. We see in our own lives the basic need for a relationship with other people.

When a person is born-again a relationship is then formed with the Lord Jesus Christ. It is a bond that is eternal and is everywhere. From then on through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit the Lord is with you. In fact the Lord promised “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” (Hebrews 13:5)

At the height of the Civil War even President Lincoln’s closest allies had questioned his leadership and the wisdom of maintaining the war. Lincoln, who was prone to bouts of depression and loneliness, felt abandoned by most of his peers. It is reported at this time he wrote in his dairy “When all my earthly friends forsake me I have yet one friend within.”

If you are a Christian the Lord is with you. He wants to have a relationship with you and fellowship with you. He has promised to be with you, even in your lowest time. “Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” (Matthew 28:20)

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