Turning to the Bible When You Feel Alone
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. Ecclesiastes 4: 9-10
Loneliness is the sensation that we have lost connection with others. We can experience it when we are by ourselves and when we are in a group. There are many things that can cause us to pull back in our relationships or feel this way, including chronic fatigue and pain, a sudden medical diagnosis, financial stress or the loss of a friend or family member.
In moments when the storms of life seem bigger than our faith, it may be tempting to think that God isn't there or that He doesn't understand, but it's important not to let emotions cloud our judgement or to base our beliefs on circumstances.
Faith is a choice in any situation, and turning to the Bible when you feel alone can help you to find the strength to reach out to others and to God.
Here are some examples of the way that God comforts the lonely.
He Sets Them In Families
God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing; Psalm 68:6a NIV
It's natural to experience loneliness when we are separated from our families. Seniors whose families live in other parts of the country can look into using technology such as email, video chats and social media to remain connected to their loved ones.
God can also use friends and neighbors in our church or a community, such as Bethesda Gardens Frisco, to surround us with caring people who are like family.
He Promises to Never Leave Us
But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba, Father." Galatians 4:4-6 NIV
There are times we don't feel God's presence but the Bible reminds us that He is always near His children. Verses that can help comfort us in these moments include the passages in John 14:18-21 in which Jesus promises that we are not orphans, but rather that He and the Father make their home with us. Revelations 3:20 also demonstrates this nearness when Jesus states He is standing at the door and will come and eat with anyone who answers His knock.
He Calls Us to Minister To Others
And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 1 Thessalonians 5:14 NIV
We aren't alone in our loneliness. There are many people around the world and in our own communities that struggle daily with feelings of being forgotten or unimportant. God's Word assures us that these thoughts couldn't be further from the truth. This is seen in both the Old and New Testament, in which God calls us the apple of His eye (Zechariah 2:8), a chosen people (1 Peter 2:9-10, Ephesians 1:4) and the temple of God (1 Corinthians 3:16). Sharing these powerful passages with others can help believers to see and understand these concepts more clearly in their own lives.
Posted on Tue, September 17, 2019
by Shawn Deane