So many times I see posts from family members about their being lonely, sad, and/or depressed. When someone reaches out to talk/connect with them, they don’t have time or a need to talk…they’d rather post it for the world and receive virtual affection.
It makes me wonder how they can find themselves in dark places with family and friends around them. It seems that they will hide from those who are there to listen, hug, and encourage them.
Maybe it’s because the words of loved ones can be a little harsh, to the point, hard to hear. Accepting the same advice from strangers seems a little less judgemental I guess.
Reading a devotional on loneliness shed some light on this for me and I hope that it can add value to your understanding as well. May these words help those who struggle with loneliness and feelings of unworthiness.
from The Word for You Today
Scripture: “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5 NIV
Somewhere beyond loneliness, there’s a contentment that’s born of necessity. When all your options in the natural realm seem closed, doors can spring open in the spiritual realm. That’s when you begin to see the possibility of having the kind of relationship with God you never had before.
John was alone on the island of Patmos, a penal colony like Alcatraz, when God caught him up and took him on a trip through the glories of heaven. As a result we have the book of Revelation. Paul was in prison when he wrote his greatest epistles.
In Genesis God did His miraculous work of creation when He was alone with no one to applaud Him, so He praised Himself saying “It was very good” (Genesis 1:31). And you must learn to do that too.
When others say nice things it reflects their opinion of you. But when you speak well of yourself it reflects your opinion of you – and that’s the one you live with every day.
To get a handle on loneliness, you must do away with the notion that anybody’s company is preferable to your own. A survey of thousands of couples revealed that 50 percent wouldn’t marry the same person again. There are many reasons for that. One is – nobody but God can fill the spiritual emptiness within you.
Think about it for a moment and you’ll realize that sometimes the solution to loneliness isn’t people, it’s purpose. It’s not a lack of affection, but a lack of direction. And when you need purpose and direction for living there’s only one place to go – to God!
Written and Shared in Love,