Alone– But Not Really

BeachMany people who I talk with feel very much alone.  Loneliness can be very tough.  One can be single or married.  One can be in her seventies or seventeen.  To feel lonely over a period of time can cause one to be vulnerable to fatigue, sin, depression and self-pity.

Do any of these situations sound familiar?

  • The young couple who have gotten themselves into tremendous debt due to credit card abuse.  They feel very alone.
  • The teenager who sits at home on Saturday evening while some of her best friends are getting drunk at a party.
  • The businessman who feels as if he is the lone voice of ethics in his company.
  • The university student who has so many questions and doesn’t know who to turn to.
  • The Christian man who continues to carry around "secrets" and feels a deep loneliness because he can’t share what is on his heart.
  • The widow who stopped receiving invitations to eat at the local cafeteria with long time married friends shortly after her husband died.

There are times when I have struggled with a sense of being alone.

  • When I had to preach a difficult message (out of conviction).
  • When I have felt inadequate and overwhelmed by my work.
  • When a man told me that he was going to end his life–and eventually did.
  • When I have felt great frustration with the church or even with my own life.

There are times when I have not handled such feelings well.  However, through the years I have learned to bring feelings of inadequacy and insecurity to God.  I have learned that God can use such feelings to create an even greater sense of dependency on him.  The truth is, a Christian is never alone.  The Spirit, God’s forever presence, is with us.  He will never leave us or forsake us (Heb. 13:5-6).

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