If you find the wave of loneliness is crashing down on you today, know that God understands...and He has provided practical steps to overcome loneliness through His Word. Here are just three:
1. Focus your mind on Christ and understand His desire to pour grace into your life. In Hebrews 4:15-16, we are told, "For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are-yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need." Jesus is ready to give you grace in your loneliness if you will just turn to Him.
2. Strengthen your relationship with the Lord by establishing a daily routine of time with Him. Psalm 91:1 says, "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty." Take time each day to read the Bible and pray.
3. Learn to rely on God completely. One of my favorite verses is Proverbs 3:5-6. It says, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." You can trust God!
I know the Lord will encourage you as you pray these verses into your life!
As I conclude, please remember there is someone who experienced loneliness just as you have-Jesus. In fact, He experienced the ultimate pain of loneliness when His Father turned His back on Him on the cross.
Yet despite the pain His death on the cross caused Him, Jesus willingly died because He loved us. And He rested in the promises of God to endure the pain He suffered.
Today, you may feel as though everyone has forgotten you...that no one can take away the hurt you feel. But know that Christ loves you and He came to give you fullness of joy. Even in the midst of difficult times, I pray you will be able to "Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus"!