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  • Henry Omotayo

Need A Companion?

1 Kings 19:1-8

Message No. 0610 | Twitter @GodandUs |

Few years ago, a guy entered his telephone number online and offered to speak with anyone who was lonely and needed someone to speak with. Unfortunately for him, he must have underestimated the sheer number of people who were lonely and needed people to talk to. His phone started ringing and he started talking to people he never knew before. At first, he must have thought this was fun, but then, the phone never stopped ringing. When the media knew what was happening, they contacted him to interview him. I watched the interview and even when he was on air, his phone continued to ring. At some point, he must have reconsidered, because notwithstanding how large the capacity of a person to talk is, it must have become a burden if he couldn’t rest a minute without the phone ringing.

Human beings are wired to seek companions. This is not a factory fault. When God was creating the earth, He sat back, looked at things He created and said they were good. The only time God said it was not good was when He created man. He said it was not good for man to live alone, so He create a companion for him. If you are of age and still living alone through no choice or design of yours, I pray that God will introduce you to His appointed companion for you very soon in Jesus’ name.

Now, there are two main types of companions we can have, and we usually place more emphasis on the second than the first. The second is the human companion, which we need because God designed it so. We see people go into depression because there is no one to talk to or interact with, and this is one reason the telephone of the guy described in the first paragraph never stopped ringing. However, we mostly overlook the first companion, the Holy Spirit. In John chapter 14 verses 16 and 17, Jesus told His disciples:

And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.

We seem to always forget the fact that before the human companion was created for Adam, there was God, the first and ultimate Companion. God created Adam, so God was there for him and was his companion before Eve was created. Even after Eve was created, God still visited Eden and communed with them. This was the reason why after Adam and Eve sinned and God came to Eden, they recognized His presence when He was walking in the garden in the cool of the day. They were used to His presence.

After Jesus ascended to heaven, He did send the Holy Spirit as He promised, but we treat Him as distant and foreign and have no expectation of communing with Him or hearing from Him. When Elijah was running away from Jezebel, he was alone, and it was the communion of the Holy Spirit he was left with. God sent him an angel to feed him, and he was journeying alone for 40 days, not speaking with any human being, but the Holy Spirit guiding him along the way until he reached Mount Horeb, his destination.

So, do you need a companion? Why not train yourself to commune with the Holy Spirit? He is the only companion that is foolproof. He will not mislead you and the more time you spend with Him, the more spiritual you become and the better your decisions are. The Holy Spirit speaks to us every day, but we mostly do not recognize His voice because we have not trained ourselves to do so. We can learn by keeping quiet occasionally (not talking all the time) and concentrating on God’s Word (meditation) and worshiping God in quietness. We should not dismiss any inspiration we receive during these quiet times, rather, we should check the Bible and if what we receive is supported by His Word, we should rake it as God speaking to us.

There is nothing wrong with human companionship, but instead of only doing that and talking all the time, we need to train ourselves to explore the opportunity of companionship with our Maker. There can be no better companion and the more time we spend with Him, the better it will be for our overall wellbeing.

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