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ou are nice to people and people are   conversations. So, what can we do about
              nice to you, but somehow you seem   our loneliness and lack of friends?
        Yto lack meaningful friendships. You   Trust the Best Friend: “There is a friend
        long for someone with whom you might   that sticks closer than a brother” (Prov
        share spiritual discussion, study for a class   18:24, ESV). Your Savior will never leave
        at school, or go fishing. It seems nobody   you, nor forsake you. The most necessary
        ever does anything with you, and you feel   of all relationships is a spiritual one with
        disappointed and perhaps even lonely.  your Creator, who formed you in your
          While we need times of personal soli-  mother’s womb, knows every hair on your
        tude, loneliness gives us a sense of defi-  head (Matt 10:30), and died for your sins
        ciency and frustration, which, at times,   on the cross.
        can overwhelm us to the point of tears. In   Therefore, by reading and meditating
        Genesis 2:18, being alone was recognized   on the precious truths in His Word, we
        by God as “not good.” While this hardly   can comprehend what Paul expressed in
        means “evil,” it at least tells us we were cre-  Philippians 3:10: “That I may know Him.”
        ated as relational beings. God then created   What a balm for the lonely heart to resort
        Eve, a suitable companion and counterpart   to  the  friend  of  sinners  and  the  father
        for Adam. As much as we wish, we will   of orphans. With Him, no anxiety is too
        probably not be waking up with a friend   small, no anguish too large, and no tear
        at our side as he did, but there are some   unnoticed. He is never too busy and He
        Biblical principles we can learn which will   never fails those who hope in His mercy.
        make our experiences more joyful and help   He Himself knew rejection and betrayal
        us develop meaningful relationships.  as He walked this planet. If you have ne-
          While it includes isolation, loneliness   glected your relationship with Him, it is to
        does not always go away when we mingle   your own detriment. “Draw near to God
        with crowds. Most of us can even smile and   and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8,
        churn up cheerful conversation, and yet   ESV). More important than your influence
        feel lonely within. This means loneliness is   in social circles is your identity as a blood-
        a condition inside ourselves, not necessar-  bought child of God.
        ily due to the fact that no one talks to us.   Avoid  a  Negative  Outlook:  Perhaps
        This condition keeps us from creating close   the easiest path for a lonely person is to
        friendships, even though we really want   indulge in self-pity. Yet there is little else
        genuine companionship, not superficial   as debilitating as a self-focused mindset.

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