Never Alone

by Ted Kyle

Strange to say, the more people there are, the lonelier some individuals become. When the "faces in the crowd" are all strangers, one's sense of being truly alone can become almost overwhelming.

The church, of course, has an answer for this, for Christians. If we are part of the body of Christ, we have a great family indeed, and plugging into that family through a local church should supply a large part of the cure.

But what of those individuals who cannot find the cure for loneliness in a church? Such a person might be bedridden, might be the only believer in a family or neighborhood, might be married to an unbeliever who forbids friendship with other Christians, might be separated by age or infirmity-or might be a member in good standing of a dynamic church, but still be unable to find genuine friendship with other believers.

Others have addressed this need for companionship with advice on self-help, and helping others as a means of initiating meaningful contacts. And this is excellent advice. B/ut loneliness may have its own merits, and if a person is lonely, it may be because God wishes to fill the emptiness with Himself.

In the Garden, but Not Alone

The following thoughts were penned by an unknown writer, and passed along by a sister in Christ who knew much about loneliness, for she walked in double harness, alone. She had a fervent heart for the Lord, but was married to a man who cared nothing for Him.

"Loneliness becomes our friend, when it forces us to enjoy the friendship of God as much as we would the friendship of others.

"Loneliness means that at that very moment, God feels the same anguish toward me-because my basic delight is not in Him.

"Loneliness is the evidence that I was expecting others to meet my needs, as only God can."

We may come to the garden alone, as the lovely old hymn says, but we meet Someone there!

Scriptures to Dwell Upon:

"My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him" (Ps. 62:5).

"Delight thyself also in the Lord, and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart" (Ps. 37:4).

"Whom have I in heaven but thee? And there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: But God is the strength of my heart, and my portion foreverIt is good for me to draw near to God" (Ps. 73:25-28).

"There is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother" (Prov. 18:24).

"Truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ" (1 John 1:3).

"Let your conversation (behavior) be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee" (Heb. 13:5).

The lady who sent these thoughts added this: "I pray that loneliness, testing, trials, heartache, disappointment, discouragement, illness, and anything else that comes into my life, may be used by God to push me deeper into Him."

And that is what it's all about.

Ted Kyle is managing editor of Pulpit Helps.

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