Alienation = Alien Nation

alienation |ˌālēəˈnā sh ən|
the state or experience of being isolated from a group or an activity to which one should belong or in which one should be involved • loss or lack of sympathy; estrangement • Psychiatry a state of depersonalization or loss of identity in which the self seems unreal • a type of faulty recognition in which familiar situations or persons appear unfamiliar.

We all have a heavenly Father for we are all his children yet we do not all know Him or His wonderful love poured out for us through Jesus Christ His Son. He waits for you to come to Him.

If you often experience feelings of isolation and estrangement it may very well be because you are isolated and estranged. The beauty of the condition as regards God is that you never need to be there – isolated and apart from Him. He is there when you choose Him, seek Him and desire Him and call to Him. He is not far.

So many are alienated from God because they have alienated Him. (Think Prodigal Son). His love towards us is displayed everywhere everyday. Here is the mindset you must obtain to see it: Whenever great and tragic loss of life occurs in our world we will often begin to question God. The cries go up (often from those who have not thought of Him until this tragedy and are now looking for cause and blame outside ourselves), “How could a loving God allow this to happen?”

Well, here is the correct perspective. Are you alive?, do you breath?, eat?, sleep well?, have any health to speak of?, are your needs being met in any degree?, do you have strength?, mind?, body? soul? Why should you? Is that what you deserve? What did you do to cause your own birth? What did you do to give yourself health? What did you do to have intelligence, or strength or looks, or wealth, or even breath? Nothing.

You looked at your neighbor and at what he has and attributed to yourself the “right” to have the same. Now you do not ever ask for his trials and toils but only those things that you desire selfishly. Wrong.

Everything you have has been given to you by God. I know you will tell yourself that you worked and thought and strategized and labored to get all that you have. Yes but Who gave you the ability, the strength, the mind to do it? Think again.

The Apostle James and brother of our Lord put it this way, “From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” vv4:1-3.

This worldly spirit of self-indulgence and self-gratification has driven us to, and keeps us in, alienation. A people in alienation to God is an alien nation. We were all meant to be aliens in this world, pilgrims passing through. Not aliens to God’s Kingdom but to the present world system!

Jesus gives us the simple remedy in His profound and simple way. “And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven…” Luke 11:2.

Can any words be more comforting, more depending, more relational? Father. It is a most friendly, affectionate and endearing title. It admits our child state and correct relationship to Him. We are His and He made us for Himself. When He hears us calling Him this way He is moved with compassion to listen to us, to hear our needs, to respond with love, wisdom and great delight to provide for our needs.

In Heaven. These words reveal our current state of need and distress. We are here and He is there yet we desire and long to be with Him. We need His help and wisdom. We need Him.

So do not live in alienation to Him. Call out to Him. Let Him know your dependency on Him, your trust of Him, your desire to spend time with Him and to know Him. Those who put themselves in this humble state as a child are at once given His attention and rally His Help to their needs.

“When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven…” Luke 11:2.