The Savior gets the single life
The coronavirus has made being single very complicated.
There are, as you may have seen on Facebook, challenges that families are facing during these long days of social distancing, virtual learning, and extended waiting. Dads are figuring out how to do fifth-grade math. Working moms are trying to look professional on Zoom while their diapered two-year-old waddles around in the background. Countless Christians are praying for six straight seconds of quiet and peace in their homes.
But your struggles are different. Maybe the quiet is your problem. Maybe the dinner table silence is what you wish you could change. Maybe the isolation is increasing your anxiety, loneliness, and fear.
If so, you’re in the right place. Because I wrote these devotions specifically for Christians just like you. While I am a married father of two, I have been hearing from many of the single brothers and sisters from our church. They have told me what this has been like, what they need most, and what helps them get through.
In the days to come, I hope to share that wisdom, taken from our Father’s Word, and gift it to you.
Here’s where I want to start—Jesus gets it.
As a guy who can bounce his thoughts and fears off his wife, I might not get it. But Jesus gets it. As a father who is literally within 40 feet of those four little feet, I might not get it. But Jesus gets it. It’s true, in so many areas of your single life, that I might not get it. But Jesus gets it.
Because the Savior gets the single life.
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin” (Hebrews 4:15).
That’s the Bible’s fancy way of saying—Jesus gets it. He can empathize with our weaknesses, because Jesus didn’t stay up in heaven, far away from all struggles and temptations, but rather came down to earth, right where we are.
Does Jesus know what it’s like to be alone? He does.
Does Jesus grasp the feeling of hearing married friends gush (and complain) about their married lives? He does.
Does Jesus understand what it’s like when people assume everyone in the room has kids, even though you don’t? He does.
Does Jesus get what it’s like to wrestle with thoughts and have no one in the same bed to share them with? He does.
Isn’t that stunning? Jesus is not just the all-powerful Son of God, the one who can erase your sin and defeat death in your place. He is also the Son of Man, the one who took on flesh, humbled himself, and insisted on getting it.
Jesus insisted on getting you.
So when you talk to Jesus about what today has been like, picture the empathy in his eyes. He gets it. When you honestly admit that the loneliness is getting to you, see the sympathy in his kind smile. He gets it. When you pour out your problems in prayer, envision the compassionate nod of his head. He gets it.
Sooner or later, Jesus will fix it.
But already now, Jesus gets it.
And sometimes knowing that somebody gets it, that somebody gets you, is all you need to get by.