“Let your conversation (conduct) be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”Hebrews 13:5
There are times when we feel all alone, whether or not it is reality. We can be surrounded by people and feel all alone, and I am sure all of us have had this happen to us at some point in our life. It could be that you have lost a loved one, ended a long friendship or relationship, moved away, or had someone in your life move to another state. Although we have all the benefits of staying touch with someone, it is not the same as having them nearby or seeing them in person. Memories are precious, but we long to sometimes make just one more with the one we love. The time spent together was simply not enough. The enemy likes to whisper in your ear that you are alone, even though you never are.
We were in Sunday school when this question was asked of the class, “do you have a hard time making friends?” I was surprised by the amount of hands that went up of people who admitted they had trouble making friends. I guess we could have all looked around and made a mental note of those who raised their hands, but I am not sure anyone did such a thing. I can still remember some who raised their hands, and I never realized they would be the ones who would have issues making friends. I am a people person and I truly enjoy being around people, even though there are times I do not mind being my myself. I always had friends in school, and I even remember having a best friend when I was in kindergarten. I went to school and church with some of the same friends, and I really never thought of having to make friends as those relationships came naturally to me. I am blessed now to have many friends and even to have one that I would call my best friend who I share many things with. Although this is the case now, I do remember times in my life when I did feel all alone.
I remember getting kicked out of my Christian high school and having to go to a public school for the first time in my life. Although I always wanted to go to a public school, I was nervous and apprehensive about going to a place where I knew only a handful of people. I knew no one in class and I had to endure the grilling from my teachers as to why I would give up a private school education to go there. I did not have the energy to advise them that it was not my first choice but rather a consequence of my actions, but I am sure they did not care to hear my story anyway. God gave me some friends there but it was hard, especially in the first few weeks as I looked around the lunch room searching for a table to sit at. I eventually made friends but it was not the same as what I had in my previous school.
I have had other moments in my life when I have felt this uneasy such as when I moved to Chicago and had trouble meeting new friends and people. Our church consisted of a lot of older folks and there was really no one there my age. I went through periods when I did not hear from friends back home which only led to me thinking everyone forgot about me, and I felt quite lonely even though my parents and sister were just a few feet away. Loneliness comes at different times in various ways and even to the people who seem to have no trouble making friends. The devil loves to whisper to us that we are all alone, but God has given us a promise that He will never leave us nor forsake us. He is with us every second of our life as He indwells the believer, and He is with us no matter how we may feel. In the times of loneliness, we must always remember that He is ever with us and is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
Are you feeling lonely? Did you feel that you are all alone? Do you feel God has left you? Do you need to find a Bible verse that reminds you of God’s promises and that He is ever with you? It is always a great comfort to replace doubts, fear and loneliness with the promises of God. God is not able to break a promise and it is always true that you are not alone. He is ever with us and we will spend all eternity with the One who will never leave our side. He is acquainted with all our griefs, sorrows, frailty, and loneliness. He knows what it is like to feel alone, but with Him we are never alone. Will you take Him at His word? “What a friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear.”