We all face loneliness some time. We can be lonely because we live in a new place and know no one; we can be lonely because we are recently widowed; we can be lonely because we have a new job or school or we can be with people all the time and still be lonely. Today as I watched my daughter and brother walk out the door of UNC hospital I felt so lonely. I guess because I feel I have been separated from everyone for a while and we only had two days together. Maybe I was scared to handle things here alone. Maybe I am homesick. Maybe it is a combination of all. I am never lonely and it really got the best of me today.
I decided I should sit down and write the next days blog and I decided to write about being lonely. After all, that is what I needed. Loneliness is like being hollow inside. You feel isolated and disconnected. Jesus knows the feeling of loneliness because he experienced it. There are many verses about loneliness.
Psalm 62: 8, "Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah"
Isaiah 41: 10, "Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
Psalm 102: 6-7, “I am like a pelican of the wilderness: I am like an owl of the desert. I lie awake, and am like a sparrow alone on the housetop”
Deuteronomy 31: 6, "Your God, the Lord himself, will be with you. He will not fail you or abandon you.”
Psalm 91:15, “When they call to me, I will answer them; when they are in trouble, I will be with them.”
Matthew 28: 20, “I will be with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28: 20
I read somewhere that being lonely is a lie. At first I thought that was a drastic statement but since I have studied scripture I understand that. The first lie we believe is that we are alone. Our loneliness comes from our own disbelief in the Scripture. It is a lie of the enemy. Our loneliness also comes from our own disobedience. A disobedience that fails to trust in God's promises and instead obeys the flesh. Scripture tells us that God is with us always. When we call Him, He answers us. He will not abandon us.
There is no greater fulfillment than that of the presence of the Lord. While God has given us the comfort of dwelling with our brothers and sisters in Christ, it is God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit who have been, are, and will always be the truest and most faithful Companion. He will never leave us. We are never alone!!
God wants to heal our hurting hearts. He is the cure for loneliness. The first step is to enter into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ
The scriptures above I have heard many times but today they took on new meaning. Remember, that is the Living Word. There really is not anything we can go through that Jesus did not experience on earth. Instead of being lonely I choose to praise God. By praising Him I am filled with the wonder of how great He is and how great His love for me is. His grace is sufficient!