Feeling lonely … join the club!

A club full of lonely people does not make much sense does it? And yet this ironic juxtaposition is very applicable to humanity.

Several important characters throughout the Bible felt the stinging disappointment of loneliness and lack of companionship – even our Savior! (Matthew 26:37-46)

Many of the Psalms speak confidently, in a tender sort of way, about the feeling of loneliness; several of which written by a particular author well acquainted with the feeling of being left behind (Psalm 38:8-12).

Solving the emotion of loneliness isn’t as simple as figuring out the answer to a math problem. Loneliness is not an intellectual issue! It’s an emotional one! But this does not mean we are left without an answer; by no means.

The answer to loneliness, and I’m talking the long term answer, is found by remembering our relationship with the one who will never leave or forsake us, even if we feel like a stranger in a foreign land fighting in an overwhelming battle (Deuteronomy 31:6-8, Hebrews 13:5-6). The answer to loneliness is found by drawing near to God, because as we draw near to God, God will draw near to us, and before we know it we may very well end up a member of a club consisting of 7,000 other people looking to encourage one another with a caring hand of fellowship (James 4:8; 1 Peter 5:6-7; 1 Kings 19:18).

A man who has friends must himself be friendly, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18:24 NKJV)