Friday, January 22, 2021
The Cure for Loneliness
He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” HEBREWS 13:5 What is loneliness? I don’t know how to define it; all I can do is describe it. It’s an underlying anxiety at having no one close, a sharp ache in a moment of grief, and an empty feeling in the pit of the stomach when we know we have no one to whom we can turn. There is no anguish like loneliness. But God has a cure for loneliness. In our walk with Him, He offers friendship, a family, and a peace that passes all understanding. When we meet Him, we are not guaranteed never to feel lonely, but we are promised that we will never be alone. After all, He is the one who said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). Dr. David Jeremiah Morning and Evening
We live in a populous country yet loneliness ranks the highest in problems for most.
8 billion people in the world and even globally this remains a huge problem.
It's what drives many a sinful behavior in mankind. From suicide to pornography to unspeakable violence to others to vast varieties of sexual immorality and idolatry.
Satan has learned over the centuries to mimic the Holy Spirit in using a soft voice to get to people. To wear them down. To get them to quietly believe lies.
There's a Star Trek: The Next Generation episode where Picard was captured. He was tortured in this episode and all he had to do to stop it was to believe a lie and speak that lie and his tormentor would stop. Fiction or not, the same practices happen in our world by terrorists and demons. The worst...the worst are the soft lies that have no appearance of sin to them.
I know, first hand, of the soft lies. Lies about who I was, who I really belonged to. Lies about me physically. All lies that were never shouted, just constantly repeated, over and over. I imagine that is a verbal version of waterboarding. Creating attitudes and emotions that have nothing to do with the truth of God or God's Word.
I was battered and worn down and in a mental state that put me at the doorstep of suicide. To speak with me today you wouldn't know that about me. But Satan's lies were constant and consistent back in early 1999. I lived alone. The constant negativity that surrounded me in my loneliness drove me to trying to find a way out. Any way out of it.
But even in the midst of all the lies and in the midst of all that was going through my mind, the promises of God held fast. Honestly the transformation that began after God stopped me from committing suicide was profound. But was far from complete. The beginning of my being saved from that fate was showing me that the promises of God were stronger than Satan's lies. As Scripture says a bruised or battered reed He will by no means put out. Those who have come to Christ are His and no lie or lies of Satan can ever change that.
I have seen a picture of what looks to be Jesus reaching down into water to grab someone to pull them up out of it.
That's what He did for me. It's what He can do for you.
We are going to face what appears to be great loneliness. Separation from loved ones and friends. But the most important person in our lives can never be separated from the life of a believer in Jesus Christ.
If you don't have Jesus as your personal Savior you are needlessly facing this world alone. You will deceive yourself into believing you aren't lonely that you have this in your life or that in your life. It's a grand deception. You can keep yourself busy with work or hobbies but you cannot fill that ache in your heart with anything but Jesus.
You might fire back at me with a claim that I just don't know what has happened in your life. You're right, I don't. But I know the one who has. Whether or not you are a Christian Jesus still knows every single thought that has ever crossed your mind. Every single word you have ever spoken or stopped yourself from speaking. He knows every intention of your heart and mind.
Guess what? He still tells you that in spite of all that, He still died for you. He still loves you. He still has a place for you in Heaven if you would just receive His free gift of Salvation. The condemned to die who believed was told he would be with Jesus in paradise. The other that was condemned to die who did not saw Jesus with the one who believed from the pain and torment of Hell on that same day after he died too.
As being born in sin we are all condemned to die because of that. The only way to be saved is through Jesus Christ. The gift is free. Turn, repent, believe. After Jesus pulled me up out of that mire in 1999 He reminded me that He still loved me. Reminded me that He still has a Plan for me. Reminded me that those lies were just that. Lies. It was the beginning of my road to recovery in my walk with Jesus.
You might be living with loneliness in this world today. Surrounded by the lies the media proclaims. The lies that your governments proclaim. The lies that you have believed.
Let the truth set you free. The truth is that in Christ you will find a relationship with Jesus that is closer than a brother. You will always have someone to talk to who knows your sorrows and knows your pains.
The gift of Salvation is free.
Your way hasn't worked...why not try what He is offering?