The Bible speaks often of loneliness, and it has several positive examples of people enduring and overcoming it. While the Bible does not directly address the issue of loneliness, it does provide much comfort and direction for those who feel alone.
First and foremost, the Bible teaches us that we are never truly alone in our struggles. In Psalm 23, David speaks of the comfort of God’s presence: "The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul; he leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake" (Psalm 23:1-3).
David writes from his own experience of being comforted in loneliness with the assurance of God’s presence. Throughout Scripture, God promises to be our refuge and to never leave our side.
In Deuteronomy 31:6, God tells us, "Be strong and of a good courage; fear not, nor be afraid of them; for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee."
In Hebrews 13:5, the author writes, "Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have; for he hath said, ‘I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.’" Although we may feel lonely, we can find comfort in knowing that God is always with us and will never leave us.
The Bible also encourages us to seek friendship and companionship as a way to cope with loneliness. Proverbs 18:24 states, "A man that hath friends must show himself friendly; and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother."
These words remind us that sharing our burdens with others can ease the ache of loneliness. We are not designed to live in a vacuum; we need others around us who can share in our sorrows and joys. The Bible also stresses the importance of cultivating healthy relationships.
In Ephesians 5:21–33, the apostle Paul writes about the mutual responsibility that comes with marriage. He encourages spouses to forsake all others and "cleave unto" their partner, taking up the responsibility to serve each other and upholding the promise of companionship.
Through commitment to one another, couples can experience companionship that can help mitigate feelings of loneliness. The Bible also tells us that loneliness can be an opportunity for personal growth and prayer. From Jesus’ own example, we learn that it is perfectly acceptable to withdraw from life’s busyness in order to spend time with God.
In Luke 5:16, Jesus says, "But so much the more went there a fame abroad of him, and great multitudes came together to hear and to be healed by him of their infirmities. And he withdrew himself into the wilderness and prayed."
Jesus took time away to commune with God, which can be a reminder to us too that we can use our time alone to grow closer to God. At the end of the day, loneliness is a reminder that only God can fulfill the deepest longings of our hearts.
We can find solace in knowing that we are never alone and that there is always a place of refuge in God. We can seek out healthy companionship, but ultimately, our ultimate satisfaction is rooted in knowing the One who knows us best and loves us most.
(c) Apostle Jonas Clark
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