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While lonely people shake their fists at heaven and angrily ask, “God why have You forsaken me? Where are you?” we Christians often forget one central fact about God’s personal experience with loneliness. Charles Swindoll reminds us in his eloquent way:


God knows, my friend and He does care. Please believe that! He not only knows and cares — He understands, He is touched, He is moved, Entering into every pulse of anguish, He longs to sustain and deliver us.


In the strangling grip of Golgotha, our Savior experienced the maximum impact of loneliness. For an undisclosed period of time, the Father forsook Him. His friends had already fled. One had betrayed Him. Now the Father turned away: (Matthew 27:45)


In the bottomless agony of that moment, our Lord cried – He literally screamed aloud, (Matthew 27:46)

46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?”


The loneliness of those dark moments as our Savior carried away our sin cannot be adequately pictured on paper. Cold print cannot convey it. But is it any wonder that He is now able to sympathize and enter in as we battle feelings of loneliness? Those who bear the scars of that silent warfare need no explanation of the pain—only an invitation to share in the wound and, if possible, help in the healing.


When we are lonely, we need an understanding friend, Jesus is the One who “sticks closer than a brother.” When we are lonely, we need strength to keep putting one foot in front of the other –Jesus is the One “who strengthens me.”


Source: Charles R. Swindoll, “Loneliness” in Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life (1983, Multnomah Press, Portland Oregon) page 141.

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