God and Lonely People
“He was hated by everyone, rejected by them, a guy of agony and suffering. He was disliked, and we had poor regard for him, like someone who others conceal their faces from.”
Isaiah 53:3 (NIV)
God had something to say to you if you felt lonely this morning: “I know precisely how you feel.” God is with you as you go through this trying time.
You’re mistaken if you believe that Jesus doesn’t comprehend loneliness.
The people he made rejected and despised Jesus. His entire life, he struggled with loneliness.
Maybe you don’t feel lonely right now. You might be shock by who the lonely individuals are in your neighborhood, though. Whether you are attractive, wealthy, successful, or famous, loneliness doesn’t care. Even those who are married occasionally experience loneliness; some unions are never truly intimate, close, or social. Everyone is vulnerable to loneliness, as the epidemic has demonstrated. Every one of us eventually goes through it.
Maybe God put you in loneliness for some purpose. Perhaps you can find God and yourself in any critical stage of loneliness.
Being alone can lead us more deeply to seek God.
We frequently neglect God because we are so busy. God can communicate with us and receive our full attention when we are by ourselves. In the gospels, it is mention nine times that Jesus went to a solitary location to be with the father. Jesus searched out seclusion to discover the father’s will for his life.
We will rewarded for seeking God out in solitude. He will endow us with the sharper discernment we need right now. Without making time aside to spend alone with God, this kind of direction and understanding cannot attained.
God can use loneliness to hone our character.
God makes our flaws evident in loneliness and attempts to correct them. Our weaknesses, insecurities, and defense mechanisms are expose when we are alone, which God can utilize to fortify our character. As we wait in isolation, God will try to hone our patience.
When Paul declared, “When I am weak, then I am strong,” he understood the power of weaknesses turning into strengths. Being faithful on our own provides us the assurance that we can be reliable in a group. Our dedication is tested when we are by ourselves and our genuine selves are revealed.
As the Beatles song Eleanor Rigby suggests, some lonely people prefer their own company, and I am one of those people.
Wait! Is loneliness a punishment from God? No, I have a habit of observing faces around me, and when I look at all the lonely people around me and notice they are living dual lives. One is social, where they go to their workplaces, pay their bills, attend dinners and funerals and work for a better and happier life. But their other life is entirely different, where they are very alone, dejected, and sad. Everyone is worry about something, struggling for something, and that something is not achievable.
Society is entangled in a strangely woven string of worries, selfishness, and various problems. Everyone is dealing with a problem of their own, but one thing is similar in most faces; they do not have peace in their hearts.
God utilized it to train my brain.
I could ponder a lot because of how much time I spent with the Lord, and realized that social, active people only sometimes have time for this. I also had the chance to reflect on God’s Word amid periods of severe spiritual disappointment and while working at a job that others would have deemed uninteresting and boring.
God employed it to stifle idle chatter.
I tend to speak endlessly when I’m among individuals I trust. I’ve had time to reflect on my mistakes in the past and learned to change some destructive behaviors because of the quiet times I spend with the Lord.
So, let’s talk about my experience with loneliness. I was no exception, having restlessness facing the same questions and problems and wanting a solution. To be more exact, I wanted to be content. I knew that this social fabric of society could not keep a man happy, and something was waiting to revealed. Something is waiting to be look for. And thus, at one stage of my life, I started studying religion to understand the concept of God.
My knowledge of God and people was limited to believing that God created this universe and loved sending bad people to hell. My first impression and feeling about God were not of a friend but of someone bigger than me. To me, God was the creator of this whole universe, and after creating the universe. He had settled far away in the heavens. My loneliness and sadness became more acute, but I kept reading various religious scriptures.
Is loneliness a punishment from God? Some attributes of God are commonly repeat in the scriptures: omnipresent, omniscient, and almighty.
God is omniscient; if so, He must know what I think and feel.
The omniscient God and people cannot be far away. After this revelation, I started feeling God very close to my heart. When someone looks for God, each realization opens a new passage to God and constructs a new relationship with God.
Designed for Relationships
The reasons why loneliness has such a significant impact on our physical and mental health are covere in great detail in the Bible. Since God is a triune being, he is constantly interacting with man. Human personality is designe to reflect the interconnection of the Holy Trinity, so when we separate ourselves from others and become more individualistic, we act against the grain of who we are.
Jesus is our role model for what it means to be in a human connection—dealing with Loneliness: Christian Counseling and Community. He developed from his birth into a traditional nuclear family to start His mission by inviting others to become His disciples.
After each realization, we keep going closer and closer to Him. I kept thinking about God excessively and realized that God and all lonely people are friends. For me, a peaceful and less lonely life can attained through friendship with God.
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