Friday, February 22, 2013

Dealing with Loneliness

This post is about dealing with loneliness, dear single friend, because let's just face reality; some days you'll feel lonely; you're human.  What can you do in that hour?  What does God expect you to do?

Well, God expects you to call on Him in prayer.  Call on Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you and you shall glorify me, He says. (Psalm 50:15)

Now, that doesn't mean He necessarily has a mate lined up for you just around the corner.  But it does mean that He will deliver you out of your trouble.

Here are some ways God uses our loneliness for our good and His glory:

  1. It Brings Us to Our Knees.  It humbles us.  Loneliness makes us run to the Lord in prayer, crying out to Him for deliverance.
  2. It Makes Us Sympathetic.  Loneliness is pain, and pain to a Christian has many sanctifying effects.  It can make us sympathetic to others who are experiencing the same pain so we can minister the love of God to them.
  3. It Lets Us Share in Christ's Sufferings.  Jesus was lonely.  Most of His friends and followers forsook Him and fled.  Even God the Father had to forsake Him, because Christ became sin on our behalf.  Jesus experienced a loneliness that you will never have to experience, dear Christian.  And He experienced it on your behalf.  Thank Him and praise Him for that.
  4. It Reminds Us of the Pains of Hell.  Loneliness, just like any pain, should remind us of the plight of the lost.  Their eternal destiny.  And it should make us weep that they are Hell-bound.  It should make us go to our knees in prayer for them and give us renewed resolve to share the ever-blessed Gospel with them.
Loneliness can be a boon to your soul.  Let it have its perfect work and conform you to the image of Christ.

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