Summary: Loneliness has been called the most desolate word in the English language. It is no respecter of age, race, economic status, or intelligence. Albert Einstein once said, “It is strange to be known so universally, and yet to be so lonely.”
Loneliness has been called the most desolate word in the English language. It is no respecter of age, race, economic status, or intelligence. Albert Einstein once said, “It is strange to be known so universally, and yet to be so lonely.”
God made us for intimacy and companionship with others. Even before sin entered the world, He declared that “it is not good for man to be alone” (Genesis 2:18). That’s why many people often feel so empty inside.
Jesus experienced loneliness. He felt it when His disciples deserted Him (Mark 14:50). The Father’s presence more than compensated for this, however. He said, “Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me” (John 16:32).
Intimacy with God is available to all who put their trust in Christ – John 14:16-23.
We can reduce our feelings of loneliness by reaching out to others. But even more important, we must reach out to the Lord. He is always with us, and He wants us to fellowship with Him throughout the day.
A recent Gallop poll concludes 4 out of 10 Americans admit to frequent feelings of intense loneliness and depression. Has loneliness ever crept into your life? What does the Bible say to those who are going through those dark times?
Difficult times came to many in the Bible. Just two examples…
Elijah needed rest after his encounter with the Prophets of Baal.
Paul in his letter to Timothy said, "Everyone has deserted me" three different times. His way of coping was to ask for his parchments and his friends.
Charles Spurgeon was prone to times of deep sadness and depression. On an unforgettable Sunday morning in 1866, the great C. H. Spurgeon stunned his five thousand listeners when from the pulpit of London’s Metropolitan Tabernacle he announced, “I am the subject of depressions of spirit so fearful that I hope none of you ever gets to such extremes of wretchedness as I go to.” For some of his audience it was incomprehensible that the world’s greatest preacher could know the valley of despair. Yet twenty-one years later in 1887 he said from the same pulpit, “Personally I have often passed through the dark valley.”
The fact is – many “Good” Christians battle depression. Most of us face situational depression at some time. There are times in life when depression is a normal response to a difficult situation…
* The death of a loved one
* A disappointment in life
* Failure in some area of your life
* Relational problems
* Some battle biological factors
Depression Can be Devastating: The Psalmist felt many things during time of loneliness.
* God seemed far away – v 2.
* Life seemed meaningless – v 3
* His bones burned; He just didn’t feel well – v 3
* He experienced loss of appetite and weight loss – v 4
* He felt alone – v 6
* Felt persecuted and rejected –v 8
* Experienced times of sadness and tears – v 9
* He was painfully aware of his failures – v 10
* He felt tossed aside – v 10
Does this sound like some of the things you have experienced in life? How do we defeat Depression? Start by…