The Epidemic Of Loneliness
'The antidote to loneliness is not popularity with a crowd, it is closeness with a few.'
- Andy Croft.
When we allow loneliness to rob us, we prevent ourselves from receiving comfort in Christ alone. Instead, we try to fill that empty void with distractions. But the reason we are never satisfied is because only God can fill that void and it’s a void that if we don’t allow God to fill it with, no relationship - no distraction will satisfy it.
We are made in the image and likeness of God and if God is Love – God is Relationship (Father, Son & Holy Spirit) then we are made for relationship. But since we live in a broken and disconnected world, loneliness is now an epidemic in our society. Everyone experiences loneliness at some point in their lives. But what we fail to see, is that this pain and suffering is only moving us into a deeper relationship with the Lord.
The truth is you don’t have to be alone to experience loneliness, but when you allow loneliness to rob you, so that you become isolated and physically alone, you invite the enemy to attack you.
The enemy will feed you lies: telling you you’re not good enough and that you do not deserve to be in a relationship. But we weren’t made in the image of the devil – we were made in the image of God. We desire a relationship and God desires a relationship with us.
But even God who became flesh, experienced intense suffering due to loneliness. Even the people Jesus trusted the most weren’t there for Him in the Garden of Gethsemane. Even Peter denied knowing Christ three times. Instead of running away from this loneliness, Jesus prayed and entered into it – allowing it to purify Him, in the same way we should allow loneliness to purify us.
“An angel from heaven appeared to Him and strengthened Him. And being in anguish, He prayed more earnestly, and His sweat was like drops of blood falling to the ground.”
In Luke’s Gospel, the penetrating agony is depicted in Christ who sweat blood. This scripture verse always leaves me in awe because the sufferings and trials we undergo now are small slivers of what Christ underwent.
If you experience a cross or a struggle in your life – you have two choices. Either you try to fight it, which makes the weight of the cross heavier to carry, or you embrace the cross and help partake in Jesus’ suffering, allowing yourself to be purified and made whole. Jesus gives the biggest share of His cross to His best-friends. When you offer up your cross to Christ, He will give you the strength to face it.
Whatever loneliness you are going through, if you put your trust in the Lord and allow Him to satisfy your life, you will make it through renewed and strengthened. Loneliness is a season and since all seasons pass, embrace the season you are in. Trust me, if you are in a season at this moment, where it is uncomfortable – it is for your own growth.
When you see the person you become after making it through a tough time, you will be proud of the person God knew you had the capability to be. If you experience loneliness, God is calling you into relationship with Him and with your fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. Seek Him and you will find Him and He will satisfy your every need.
Tips On How To Deal With Loneliness:
- Pray About It & Enter Into A Deeper Relationship With God
- Enter Into It, Carry Your Cross & Allow It To Purify You
- Do Not Allow Yourself To Be Isolated - Talk To Someone You Trust
- Remember Loneliness Is Just A Season That Will Soon Pass Away
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