Living Beyond Loneliness
I lift up my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:1-2)
The Bible talks about many men and women who experienced loneliness at least once in their lives. But many of them found comfort in the Lord. Let’s take a look at Psalm 142 which was written by David. It was composed a long time ago, but some parts reflect the way a lot of people feel nowadays:
Look and see, there is no one at my right hand; no one is concerned for me. I have no refuge; no one cares for my life. I cry to you, Lord; I say, “You are my refuge, my portion in the land of the living.” (Psalm 142:4,5).
When David felt alone, he chose to seek God and cry out to his best friend and refuge. And in this case, he really felt alone because he wrote this psalm while inside a cave. And the truth is that sometimes, we also feel like we’re stuck in a cave.
Do you ever feel isolated, like you are in a place where no one is able to see you? It doesn’t mean that your friends can’t help you. It’s just that right now, no one seems to understand you.
But there’s someone who does.
Jesus understands you and your feelings of loneliness because He faced the same thing. His own friends – the disciples – didn’t help Him when He needed them most. In the darkest hour of His life, He was all by himself crying out to God. His friends weren’t praying with Him – they were “asleep, exhausted from sorrow” (Luke 22: 45).
But now back to David. Alone in the cave, he continued sharing his sorrow with God: “I pour out before him my complaint; before him I tell my trouble. When my spirit grows faint within me, it is You who watch over my way” (Psalm 142:2-3).
Like David, you can cry out to God. He wants to hear you. Sometimes we complain because God seems very far. But He is not. He is willing to communicate with you and hear about about your good days and bad days – and whatever else you have to say.
Have you ever had a friend who really understood you? Have you ever been in a situation where you didn’t have to speak because just by looking in your friend’s eyes, you knew that you both understood the same thing? We can have these moments with God. All we need is to lift up our eyes towards Him. The way in which you lift up your eyes to God can be by praying, reading a chapter in the bible or just praising Him. These moments can help you move from a cave of loneliness and isolation to a place where you know that God understands you.
Just like Jesus, you will have moments of loneliness. When you feel discouraged, know that these moments can help you grow closer to God as you seek His help.
And someday you’ll be able to help someone else, because you’ve once experienced loneliness -but found refuge and comfort in God. Voke is a Christian app that can help you discover a new perspective on loneliness. It can also help you share a video about that with a friend and talk about the issue together. Download the app and send the video “Loved Beyond Loneliness” to encourage someone today. You are loved! God is here and you need not be lonely for long.