The Cure for Loneliness

Look around you right now. Who do you see? Anyone?  Maybe no one because you’re alone right now or maybe not if there is someone closeby.  Truth is, God is there !!  There are many places in His Word where He teaches us that He is everywhere or omnipresent. 

King David said in Ps.139:7-10, “Whither shall I go from Thy Spirit or whither shall I flee from Thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, Thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, Thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea even there shall Thy hand lead me, and Thy right hand shall hold me.”

At times we “feel” alone – you never REALLY are !   Did you have an imaginary friend as a kid?  Maybe you still do, ha ! I never went through a phase like that, there were always plenty of siblings, neighbor kids and animals around growing up on our farm.  But some children, yes even some adults, are so lonely they concoct an imaginary friend to cope. There is REALLY no need to do so. He is with us !

Remember what Jesus said right before He ascended back to heaven?  He had shattered the lives of His disciples by dying on the cross but three days later He totally unshattered their lives by resurrecting from the dead.  He appeared many time in the interim between His resurrection and ascension and right before He “lifted off” to heaven in their sight atop the Mount of Olives, He gave them all clear instructions to reach the world with the gospel.  But what a daunting task ! And to go tell people in areas where people had been hostile to the Lord and even killed Him !?   What they needed was some boost of courage, some great encouragement to carry out their Savior’s command: it came in the form of a simple reminder:  “But ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you. . .” (Acts 1:8)  but also He’d told them basically the same thing as Matthew recorded it for us in Mt.28:20, “and, LO, I AM WITH YOU ALWAY. . .” !!!

Maybe you have something difficult to do coming up, maybe you’re a bit lonely or discouraged, maybe you just need a little spark of encouragement for the path you’ll trod this day. Remember, YOU ARE NOT ALONE !   And He is NOT IMAGINARY but very, very REAL !   So take some time to talk to Him, He’s eager to listen. One day you’ll see Him face to face, in the meantime exercise your faith that He says He is there and live better in light of that blessed truth.

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