Loneliness is common to us all but knowledge alone cannot solve the problems loneliness causes. However, knowledge coupled with wisdom can be very helpful in limiting the negative effects of loneliness in your life. While loneliness feels like an emotional problem based on unchangeable circumstances, it’s actually a perception problem that can lead to emotional, spiritual, and even physical challenges.
God has not created you to be adrift in a sea of loneliness. He not only knows the intimate details of your life, He has your best interests foremost in His mind. Learn to lean on the Lord in your times of loneliness. He can and will comfort you. Allow Him to meet your deepest longings and to fill you with His love through prayer and searching for Him in Scripture. He is called, “the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort.” You may feel lonely, but you are never alone! Take comfort in God’s promise that, no matter the circumstances, you are never alone.
Interestingly, the word alone appears 118 times in Scripture and rarely is it synonymous with the word lonely. In fact, “the noun ‘loneliness’ did not acquire its present meaning until this century and did not appear in any major dictionary until after the Second World War. In other words, loneliness has only recently been thought of as a mental condition.” It doesn’t take long in the classroom of life to learn that you can experience loneliness even when surrounded by a crowd. But aloneness is much different. Properly used, it can be a doorway to God. Jesus made a distinction between the two concepts when He said,