LONELINESS 

📖: Romans 8:31-39

At some point in life, we struggle with loneliness due to circumstances beyond oir control. We all know what its like to be lonely, if you’ve never experienced it, you might know someone who did. “Loneliness” is a complex and unpleasant emotional response to isolation or lack of companionship. It includes anxious feelings about a lack of connection or communication with others. You could have people around you throughout the day or even be in a lifelong marriage, relationship, friendship, and still experience loneliness. Loneliness is a universal human emotion, it is also highly individual. Being lonely is far more complex than fleeting feelings of sadness. 

Loneliness can rob us of our joy, happiness, and hope. It puts a dark veil over our face so we are unable to feel or see God’s love for us. Satan uses this against us to make us feel that we don’t matter. The Psalmist understand fully the danger of loneliness, and lamented saying “You have taken from me friend and neighbor—darkness is my closest friend” (Psalm 88:18). When sometimes we feel rejected and lonely during difficult times, Psalm 23:4 says “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me”.

Everyone feels lonely at some point. Whether single, married, widowed, during illness, death of loved ones, or any other circumstances. This is a challenge we all face to some extent, and many of us have experienced painful loneliness. It can make us feel emptiness and disconnected from others thereby creating a huge void in our lives. No one likes to feel lonely. Psalm 68:6 says “God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land”. God does not wants us to be lonely,  rather He want us to break us free; deliver us to have freedom and sense of purpose in life (Psalm 25:15-22). Many people are going through loneliness in their heart and when it is kept there, nobody can see it except the person and God. When it manifests in one’s heart, it is very difficult to erase because it cannot be seen and its a lonely road. We can go about our activities, normally projecting falsehood all around, but our conscience is not at peace, it is bleak and imprisoned. It is war within. How long can one go on in such a miserable way?  

  
When we feel lonely, it is not an indication of lack of faith, its part of human nature, but they should be temporary. Psalm 42:5 says “Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? We must cast all our anxiety on God because He cares fou us (1 Peter 5:7). We must go to God through the Holy Spirit and He will be gracious to us when we are lonely and afflicted (Psalm 25:16). He is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1). God will heal the brokenhearted and bind up their wounds (Psalm 147:3). When we draw nearer and have relationship with God through the help of the Holy Spirit, we will get out of the “dark place”. The Lord will be with us even when others leave us. Let us strive and make the Holy Spirit our “Best Friend” (Proverbs 18:24). Nothing can separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39). His love for us is so deep that we will never feel lonely again. Those yet to surrender their lives to Jesus, do so now, tomorrow might be too late. DO IT NOW. Stay connected! Have a blessed week. Shalom!!!

PRAYER 

🙏 Holy Spirit, fill me up afresh with Your love and heal my brokenheart, in the name of Jesus.

🙏 O Lord use me to heal others that are brokenhearted, in the name of Jesus.

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