As connected as people are today with cell phones, social media, messaging and more, the epidemic of loneliness is alive and well. Many feel that their interactions with others are meaningless.
For some, the feeling is temporary, yet for others, it lingers longer than a season or two. Even Jesus Christ knew what it felt like to be all alone.
When you find yourself struggling with feelings of isolation, let the Word encourage you through it, reminding you that you are never truly alone, and there is One who will always be your Friend.
1. Jesus was leaving physically, but He would not be leaving for long without replacing His physical being with His Spirit. He only went away because He had to. However, He promised His comfort before He ever left.
“And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.” (John 14:16)
2. When you are overwhelmed with problems all around you, you can talk to Jesus about them. You can’t see Him, but He’s right there with a compassionate heart, listening to your words and the things you can’t quite put into words.
“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)
3. God isn’t only present, He is with you to help you.
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalms 46:1)
4. Jesus will always be your friend, through thick and thin, no matter what.
“A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18:24)
5. Your heavenly Father will never forsake you. Human beings fail, but God is there to fill the void.
“When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take me up.” (Psalms 27:10)
6. You are not the only Christian to face temptation, but at times, it may feel like you are because the decision to be strong or to give in is solely in your hands. But stay strong! God will bring you through!
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” (1 Corinthians 10:13)
7. Jesus wants you to reach the world around you! And He’ll be right there to help!
“Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28:20)
8. God will comfort you in your loneliness. Therefore it is your responsibility to pass it on!
“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort;”“Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.” (2 Corinthians 1:3 -1:4)
9. You don’t need to be afraid when He has promised to help you. Don’t worry-you aren’t handling the battle alone.
“For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.” (Isaiah 41:13)
10. At times, there is the tendency to want to hide your feelings from God, as if they are something to be ashamed of. Friend, don’t keep that brokenness to yourself. Let Jesus heal you!
“He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.” (Psalms 147:3)
11. A yoke is a harness for two. When you put the harness on with Jesus, not only are you never alone, but you will never carry any heavy burden by yourself.
“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.” (Matthew 11:28 – 11:29)
12. If something as strong and permanent as a mountain will be removed before the kindness and peace of God, that’s some serious faithfulness!
“For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the LORD that hath mercy on thee.” (Isaiah 54:10)
13. Don’t let fear crowd out the presence of God in your heart! Remind yourself of the peace He promises.
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” (John 14:27)
14. Your cries to God in your difficult and lonely times do not fall on deaf ears. Time and time again, His Word reminds you that He’s there for you!
“In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears.” (Psalms 18:6)
15. When Jesus is with you, you never need to fear being isolated or alone!
“Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)