The only thing God ever created that was not good was loneliness. – Pastor Randy Phillips
“It is not good for man to be alone.” Are the words of God in the book of Genesis. Loneliness is a terrible feeling.
And you can be around people, and be totally alone.
Have you ever felt lonely? Alone. Isolated from the world.
I can remember feeling this way several times as a child.
My mom and I were in some very tough spots when I was young. She was married to an abusive man, and did a great job protecting us from his violence.
When he would go into one of his rages, my mom would pack us up and we would be gone to one friend or another.
I’m thankful for those kind people, but those were some of the loneliest times in my life.
I was ashamed of being a burden.
So in the presence of people, I was alone because I was isolating myself.
Things that Isolate you to Loneliness
- Self Isolation: It is easy to retreat from people when you are in pain, and depressed. You may feel like no one cares, so why bother anyone.
- Betrayal: Destroyed trust is devastating, and drives people to loneliness.
- Shame: Pride comes before a fall, and shame prevents repentance and rebirth.
- Mobility: Families don’t stay in the same hometown anymore. People move, and leave the connections of the past.
- Prison: Some of the loneliest people are those who have been separated from society. Some of the worst prisons are nursing homes.
Answer to Loneliness
- Connections: People are meant to form meaningful connections. These connections will be healthy, or harmful. Find meaningful, healthy connections by looking to places of love.
- Church: The Bible describes the church as:
- A Bride: This speaks directly to Adam receiving Eve. A life partner.
- A Hedge of Protection: Hedges grow to provided safety.
- A Building: Is place to come together with like minded people.
- Serve: All people are hurting, and need help. If you serve others, even when you are lonely, you will build amazing connections. Those connections will remove the loneliness of isolation.
|I want to speak to the lonely, and I hope you hear me.You do not have to hurt. Don’t think that no one cares about you, and that you are not loved.You are loved. I may not know you personally, but I want you to know that I feel God calling out to you.I’m not a pastor. I’m a person. I’m far from perfect, and I have been lonely.
I still get lonely in my self isolation, my sins, and my past.
But, it is rare today because I am connected.
You are not alone. If you need help, then send me an email. I’ll listen to you, and I’ll help you reconnect.
I want to thank Pastor Randy Phillips for the continued inspiration he gives in his sermons. Come do life with us at LifeAustin Church.