Ask anyone about a time they felt lonely and responses may include grief, living alone, singleness, feeling misunderstood, moving, spiritual emptiness, illness, unemployment, financial loss...and you can probably think of more. Sometimes loneliness is short-lived and other times it is ongoing, even chronic.
We long for someone or something to fill the ache in our heart for companionship or relief from the feeling that no one understands us or has time for us. But God does!
He wants to be our everlasting friend, but this is another one of those “if” promises:
You are my friends if you do what I command. – John 15:14
And what was that command?
This is my command: Love each other. – John 15:17
Jesus is saying that he wants us to reach out to others. Extend the hand of friendship or make an effort to take action to overcome the source of our loneliness knowing that Jesus will be right by our side giving us encouragement and confidence.
In Hebrews 13:5, He promises: never will I leave you; never will I forsake you. Those were such comforting words to me when I lost my father at an early age but accepted Jesus as my Heavenly Father. His promise proved true that he was:
A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. – Psalm 68:5
God’s promises provide the help we seek and an answer to all our needs and problems. We just need to find them in the scriptures, pray over them, claim them, and rest in the assurance that God is always faithful. He’s omnipresent in our lives, and he loves us with a never-ending love.
The destination will be worth the journey. Refuse to get discouraged!
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. – 1 Cor. 15:57
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