10th July 2012

Lonliness

“Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone….’”
Genesis 2:18 (NLT)

We all feel lonely at times when we are isolated and cut off from others.  King David felt loneliness and he expressed it in several ways.  In Psalm 102:7 he said, “I lie awake, lonely as a solitary bird on the roof.”, and in Psalm 69:20 he says, “If only one person would show some pity; if only one would turn and comfort me.”

Jesus knew a loneliness which must have been greater than anyone else has ever known.  He felt despair and rejection and suffering.  He even, on the cross, felt abandoned by God, His Father, as he cried, “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” (Matthew 27:46).

We all feel human loss at some time in our lives, a parent, a brother, a friend, but if we are Christian, Christ is always with us and he will see us through. “No one is abandoned by the Lord forever.  Though he brings grief, he also shows compassion because of the greatness of his unfailing love” (Lamentations 3:31-32).

Today people are living longer and, because of this, older people represent one of the loneliest groups on earth.  But this is one group we can help by visiting and in other ways.

In the Bible we have people who lived long lives and did great things even when they were in their eighties.  For example, we have Joshua and Caleb (Joshua 13:1 and 14:10) and, of course, Moses, who was 120 years when he died and was “as strong as ever.” (Deuteronomy 34:7).  We also have modern examples of Christian leaders.  Wesley was still going at 87 and John Knox at 84.

No matter how old we are, God always has something for us to do.  It’s up to us to find out what it is and to do it.  This will dispel loneliness in our own lives and those we help.  But especially, we must remember God says in Hebrews 13:5, “…I will never fail you.  I will never abandon you.”

Prayer
Thank you, Father, that you are always there for us and we have not been abandoned.  We can count on Jesus.  He took on the suffering world and our loneliness and pain.
Amen

Study by Jill Newman

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