The media portray this season as a time for gatherings, friends and family, community – but for millions it is the loneliest time of the year. Thomas Wolfe the great American novelist wrote, “Loneliness, far from being a rare and curious phenomenon, peculiar to myself and a few solitary men, is a central and inevitable fact of human existence.”
Dr. Leonard Cammer, a psychiatrist who has specialized for over thirty years in treating depressed persons, said, “The human being is the only species that can’t survive alone. The human being needs another human being.” That’s why the Lord said in Genesis 2:18, “It is not good for the man to be alone.” (Genesis 2:18 NLT)
For many who feel isolated and alone, “God is always with you” sounds a bit trite and and naive. It’s true, but how do we discover this in real life.
Even though our personal experiences with God are invaluable, our greatest source of assurance is the Bible. Throughout its pages, the Lord tells His people that He is with them. Before Christ ascended to the Father, He promised His followers, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:20). In fact, believers have the Holy Spirit within them, and He will remain there forever (John 14:16-17). In times of weakness, loneliness, or fear, remember that the Lord is always with you—even if you can’t perceive Him.
The reality of God’s constant presence with us is a fact, but we are not always aware of Him, especially in lonely periods. Haven’t you sometimes wondered, If He’s with me, why can’t I sense Him? Why do I feel so alone? When His presence is undetectable, our courage to face isolation and difficulty weakens. At times like this, we need to depend on fact, not feelings. Rely on the truth that He will never leave or forsake those who have been saved.
Proverb: “To love others makes us happy; to love ourselves makes us lonely.”
A boy once asked a lonely old man: “What is life’s heaviest burden?” The man responded by saying, “To have nothing to carry.”
“God sets the lonely in families.”–Psalm 68:6
God didn’t intend for people to be lonely or to live alone. He intended for us to live, love and share our lives TOGETHER with OTHERS in FAMILIES.
“The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love. There are many in the world who are dying for a piece of bread but there are many more dying for a little love. The poverty in the West is a different kind of poverty — it is not only a poverty of loneliness but also of spirituality. There’s a hunger for love, as there is a hunger for God.” ― Mother Teresa, A Simple Path: Mother Teresa