Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Cosmic Loneliness: Alone in the Universe?

During our darkest hours, we instinctively turn to God, knowing that nothing else can cure our feeling of aloneness. This God-given drive is a “cosmic loneliness” that cannot be satisfied by any person on earth. It is aptly described by Augustine: “God made us for Himself and our hearts are restless until they find rest in Him.”

In ‘Alone in the Universe,’ Astrophysicist David Wilkinson says, “Men and women made in the image of the Creator of the Universe feel alienated from God. The Christian faith says we are not alone. God wants to be in relationship with us.” Likewise, Scripture says God desires for all to “seek and find Him (Act 17:27).  

If you’re the kind of person who feels this loneliness, you’re not alone. Moreover, if you’ve been rejected, misunderstood, and alienated, you’re really not alone. The man who was more “despised and rejected” than anyone who ever lived, a “man of sorrows and grief” (Is. 53:3), says to you, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you” (Heb. 13:5). And that alone is the cure for cosmic loneliness.

1 comment:

  1. "...the fullness of Him who fills all in all."
    I think this loneliness is a temptation we undergo in times of special weakness, like what our Lord experienced in Gethsemane-obviously he did it at a level unfathomable to us-. It seems so real to us that we definitely need to resist it by the Holy Spirit and restate to ourselves the truth of God to counteract it.