“Someone has said that the word loneliness was created to express the pain of being alone. The word solitude was created to express the glory of being alone.” -Angela Thomas, Do You Know Who I Am? (pg. 112)
I don’t know about you, but I can relate to this description.
There are times I feel lonely—like a huge emptiness has taken up residence inside my heart. It doesn’t matter how many people are around me or who I am with, I feel like I’m by myself in a great big world.
Other times, I crave some alone time—time to be by myself to regroup and reenergize. The time by myself helps me to be a better person—better equipped emotionally, spiritually, and even physically to deal with what comes my way.
Being alone and feeling lonely are very different, and yet both can bring us closer to God. He can and will use both, alone time and feeling lonely, to draw us into an intimate and personal relationship with Him.
I know this, and yet I’m not always there with Him. So, I’m turning to Scripture to remind myself. Will you join me?
God promises He will always be with us…
I can never escape from your Spirit! I can never get away from your presence! If I go up to heaven, you are there; if I go down to the grave, you are there. If I ride the wings of the morning, if I dwell by the farthest oceans, even there your hand will guide me, and your strength will support me. Psalm 139:7-10 NLT
He promises He will not leave us…
What’s more, I am with you, and I will protect you wherever you go. One day I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have finished giving you everything I have promised you. Genesis 28:15 NLT
And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Matthew 28:20b NLT
He desires to spend time with us…
For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears He will rejoice over you with joyful songs. Zephaniah 3:17 NLT
And He wants us to spend time alone with Him…
Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Mark 1:35 NLT
He comforts us when we are alone…
The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. Psalm 34:18 NLT
And He hears and answers us when we call out to Him…
But in my distress I cried out to the Lord; yes, I prayed to my God for help.He heard me from his sanctuary; my cry to him reached his ears. Psalm 18:6 NLT
Our Lord is everything we need…
Why am I discouraged?
Why is my heart so sad?Psalm 43:4-5 NLT
I will put my hope in God!
I will praise him again—
my Savior and my God!
Will you share a Scripture verse that reminds you of how much God loves and cares for us?
We’re in Chapter 7 this week “Do You Know I Am Lonely?...He Is Here” of Do You Know Who I Am? by Angela Thomas. Whether you’re reading the book or not, I thank you for joining me here today and hope you’ll stop by again.