We’ve all felt the pain of separation and loneliness in life.
Mankind was never intended to go through this existence alone, and this is made painfully clear by the hurt of isolation. But on the flip side, we also see the value of togetherness when we share the joys and even the struggles of life together.
In Psalms 133, David spoke about this togetherness when he wrote: Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, Running down on the beard, The beard of Aaron. Running down on the edge of his garments. It's like the dew of Hermon, Descending upon the mountains of Zion; For there the Lord commanded the blessing— Life forevermore.
David spoke about unity as being like the anointing oil of Scripture. Interestingly, God has a special recipe for this anointing oil, outlined in Exodus 30, and it was so special he outlined a penalty if it would be used for any other purpose than anointing. The oil was to be made of different ingredients like pure cinnamon, myrrh, Calamus, Cassia, and olive oil.
Aside from the oil itself, each of those ingredients in their pure form would be offensive to the taste or smell. On their own, they would be overpowering and undesirable. But when they go through the process of grinding, sifting, and pressure, and when they’re mixed together in the right proportions, they create something so special that it’s not only desirable to us, but it’s desirable to God. While each of us are enough for God to love and embrace, none of us are intended to be alone. But we are a body… a family… a fellowship. And we come together in unity, there’s nothing God likes more.