THE TEMPTATION OF LONELINESS
We live in a world choked with people. They mill about in droves and crowds. Some are going to work, others to school, and even some to wander about their days wasting time so they don't have to face just how lonely their lives have become.
I lived in this state. Wandering about looking for meaning, like I don't have a king who adores me, calls me his own, and fills my life with purpose, joy, and even suffering. What about you? The Psalmist wrote:
Isn't that how many of us feel, isn't that the state far too many live in constantly? Instead of running to the Lord, crying out to him in earnestness we just sit in the mess we made, and wonder why we're always so lonely, never realizing that no matter how many or little (or even not a single one) people care about us, or are our friends, we are NEVER alone.
The Lord is with us! He dwells within us! But we are often too consumed with the world to step out of its clutches. However, He calls us to:
No matter what the enemy tells you, no matter how you feel, you are NEVER ALONE! Beyond all human friendships, relationships, or community HE is with you! You are in the Fathers hand. However, don't let loneliness and rejection tempt you to deliberate isolation. For many years I let the loneliness that consumed me lead me to deliberately isolate myself. I was damaged and broken, and I tried to take the option of more hurt out of peoples hands. The Lord has some pretty strong words against such actions.
I was trapped by fear and isolation. Until the Lord began to change my attitude. Little by little, as I prayed and began to release the chains I still held tightly to me, he released me from my habits, mindset, fearfulness and lifestyle. The bondage I still clung to. What changed was nothing I did, it was what He began to do in me. Then an amazing thing began to happen. The more I followed after him, the hungrier I was for him. The more filled with him I was, the more the loneliness I'd lived with for years began to vanish. It had nothing to do with a new relationship, friendship or marriage. It was because I was filled with Him. The Lord is the only remedy, the only one that can fill. New relationships will suffice for a while (maybe even years) but then the ache of loneliness will always return. Unless you are filled with HIM.
Dear brothers and sisters, are you enchained by isolation? Are you drowning in loneliness?
Then take heart, YOU ARE A NEW CREATION and NEVER ALONE! Pray and earnestly seek the Lord, ask him to change your heart. Don't loose hope or courage, our God is greater than the old which has passed away; Greater than the loneliness that consumes your life.
Have courage, and trust in the LORD!