Summary: The acronym HALT means Hungry, Angry, Lonely, and Tired, today we will look at Loneliness.
It is not Good that Man should be Alone!
(H.A.L.T.) The dangers of Loneliness
1I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. 2God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying, 3Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life. 4But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal.
The prophet was feeling the pains of feeling alone. There are four times that we are very vulnerable to Satan and his tricks, and can not see clearly God’s plan for our lives. We use the acronym HALT to remember them.
Today we will focus on number three, LONELY. The word ALONE occurs in the Bible 107 times, and most times it has a negative connotation attached to it, except when referenced to God. The word lonely or alone means separation, or feeling abandoned, lost, unaided, unaccompanied, feeling by yourself. God said in Genesis 2:18:
18And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
The feeling of loneliness carries with it excessive baggage, and it is too great to carry by yourself for any extended period. Which is why God promises us that with Him we are never alone.
5Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 6So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me. Hebrews 13:5-6
18I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. St. John 14:18
Spiritually we are never alone, but what about the physical side of man? Let’s look at a few places in the Old Testament. Back to Genesis second chapter, and verse 18-20.
Point 1 - The decision to make Adam a helpmeet came from God.
Point 2 - Before God gave Adam a wife; He gave Adam a job.
Point 3 - What God had in mind for Adam; far exceeded Adam’s expectations.
Point 1 - The decision to make Adam a helpmeet came from God, and God had to MAKE his mate.
Many times the person that God has in mind for us is not ready when we think we are ready. God has to allow some of us to go through some things to prepare us for the right thing. You see, after the wrong person or persons drag your heart through the mud enough times, you will appreciate the right person when he or she comes alone. We try to pick our own mates when we are not really sure what we want ourselves.
What’s better? A woman who looks like a beauty queen and is sleeping with everybody except you, or a woman who keeps herself up, and is beautiful to you, and loves being around you?
What is better? A man that looks like Russell Crowe or Denzel Washington, and is trying to sleep with every woman he meets, or a man that keeps himself up, keeps a job, and loves you, and makes you feel like the Queen you are?