We live in a world that is lonely. According to a study of half a million Americans over a couple decades, they found that our lives are becoming more and more isolated.
For instance, the research showed that the #1 sport in America is bowling. More people bowl in an election year, than vote.
Yet while more people than ever are bowling, participation in bowling leagues has plunged 40%. We're bowling alone. We have all this social technology, but we're just getting more fractured and isolated-more alone.
And that is not how God created us. God created us for relationships because He is a relational God.
Have you ever thought about the fact that God has always existed in a relationship? There's never been a day in the history of the universe that God was alone.
He is a Trinity with three persons of the Godhead living in perfect harmony. All three work together perfectly in Creation, in our salvation.
The only time they were ever separated was on the cross. And it was almost more than Jesus could bear.
We were created in the image of a relational God. We were created to need each other.
God looked at every aspect of His creation and said over and over again "It is good." But for the first time in Gen. 2:18, He says, "It is not good that man should be alone." God created us for relationship.
God made all of His creation (plants, animals and humans) to live together in perfect harmony, just as He did in the triune Godhead. That was Eden. That was the paradise He created. But sin destroyed all of that.
Sin severs our relationship with God. Sin severs our relationships with each other. Sin ruined even the beautiful relationship man had with creation.
And so the point is- if you've had poison ivy or an animal bite; if you've been through a break-up or a broken heart, a divorce in your family or a falling out with a friend-that's not how God created things to be.
He created us to be relational like Him-to live in perfect harmony. What you've experienced- is the effect of sin.