How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity. Psalm 133:1 NIV
One of the most devastating conditions of our society is the isolation of loneliness. There are various situations that lead to an individual feeling alone; and, most of us have experienced this dilemma at some point in our lives.
Even God recognized that it was not good for Adam to be alone; therefore, he created Eve as his wife and helper.
The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.” Genesis 2:18 NIV
God’s word never changes nor does his word ever fail. The reality is that when God created this earth, it was according to His perfect plan which did not include sin. It was the Fall of Adam and Eve that altered Gods plan for His created beings and brought the consequences of sin that we are still experiencing in our present lives.
There are many biblical examples of individuals who experienced a solo walk in life: Elijah, Jeremiah, the Apostle Paul, and Jesus Christ. Even so, we can read about their lives, and we know that God ordained their purpose.
I have witnessed many individuals express if only they were married or in a relationship, they would never feel alone. King David was surrounded by wives, family, children, advisors; yet, throughout the Psalms, he pleads with God not to abandon him. David suffered from constant feelings of loneliness and fear of his enemies.
Do not turn your back on me. Do not reject your servant in Anger. You have always been my helper. Don’t leave me now; don’t abandon me, O God of my salvation. Psalm 27:9 NLT
The key to avoiding loneliness is to pray for God to reveal His purpose for your life. Our purpose is always one that glorifies God; it is never based on our selfish desires.
God was fully aware that the enemy of loneliness would infiltrate our lives and create despondency. As Christian believers, there are commands that we must obey:
1. Attend Church often:
And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near. Hebrews 10:25 NLT
2. Help others continually:
And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. Hebrews 13:16
3. Develop your spiritual gifts and talents:
Acts 16 tells us that Lydia of Thyatira was a businesswoman who sold purple cloth. “Ability, enthusiasm, singleness of purpose and mental acumen were hers, and she prospered greatly in an honorable and extensive calling of ‘selling purple’.”
4. Believe, Ask, and Fulfill:
God is always here! He desires that our lives are filled with peace, contentment, and happiness.
Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: For the LORD thy God, it is he that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee nor forsake thee. Deuteronomy 31:6 KJV
Prayer for today: Dear God, We rebuke the feelings of loneliness that has a stronghold in our minds. We acknowledge and accept that marriage may not be part of your Divine plan and purpose for our lives. Please reveal our spiritual gifts and talents and may we always use them for your honor and glory. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.
Sonya Johnson Ruiz