2 Tim 4: 16,17
At my first defense no one stood with me, but all forsook me. May it not be charged against them.17 But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me, and that all the Gentiles might hear. Also I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.
Are you alone or feeling alone?
Rejection and misunderstanding leads to solitude. This feeling of alone will be overwhelming when nothing good is happening around you. Sleepless nights or painful nights. Awkward parties and fellowship knowing that everyone is just superficial. Many in this world go through this phase. But what it means to a believer in Lord Jesus Christ? We can see many believers go through this feeling of loneliness. Apostle Paul also felt this loneliness we can see it in many verses. But the main thing is that, he confess that when he was deserted by everyone the Lord stood by him. Our Lord said that I will never leave you nor forsake you. This is the antidote for loneliness. But many cannot take this antidote even though they believe in this verse. The emotional loneliness overcomes the faith in the word of God because it looks more of words than experience. When the manifestation of the weakness of the flesh overshadows the joy of your spirit that is when loneliness takes over in the believers life. There are two things that brings us to this realization:
- Unbelief in His word
Failure to believe in His word is not because that we don’t believe it is God’s word, but it is because of our reasoning. This varies between person to person based on their intellectual ability. More knowledge means more reasoning and more unbelief. If you can not be a child, you cannot enter in to the kingdom of God. A child believes instantly when his/her father promises something and always reminds or ask the father that you said so. But as we grow up our reasoning defiles our faith and it becomes adulterated faith with the world. Paul said that the Lord stood by me. He had the faith to believe and saw the glory of God standing beside him. That saved him from sorrow of loneliness and also the shadow of the fleshy manifestation is removed by God’s glorious presence.
- Failure to realize the purpose of loneliness
When we are alone or feeling alone it makes us vulnerable for satanic attack. Depression creeps in when Satan attacks your family or finance or your fellowship. This will result in intense spiritual battle that is happening within oneself. When we don’t identify this battle, then we fall into heavy depression and slowly slip into mental oppression. This is happening because we do not understand God’s purpose of our loneliness. When the disciples fled Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane he was alone because He needs to drink the cup of suffering alone to fulfill the will of God. When Paul was deserted and felt lonely he has to testify alone in front of the court. So certain things that we as an individual child of God should do alone according to the purpose of God in certain seasons. So when next time you feel lonely or if you are feeling lonely now, then be assured that you have to do some task alone for God in His kingdom. The Lord who promised us that He will never leave us alone nor forsakes us even everybody accuses us or rejects us or deserted us, will see to it that He is faithful to His word. None of His words will fall to the ground. It will work mightily to those who believes and it also works according to His will to those who are not faithful because He is faithful.
Fight loneliness with childlike faith and understand the purpose of God in your loneliness. God will give you grace through Christ Jesus to endure the season of loneliness. Glory be to God alone. Amen.