Loneliness

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In this message, Darlene Edmondson shares the remedy for loneliness.

“A Father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, Is God in His holy habitation. God sets the solitary [lonely] in families (Psalm 68:5 NKJV).

Deep within our souls we crave to be wanted and loved. One of the earliest words God spoke was ‘it’s not good for man to be alone’ (Genesis 2:18). 

Loneliness is a dreadful feeling in the pit of our stomachs. We get homesick and yearn for connection. Although frightening, we ache for someone who understands and knows who we really are.  

Elijah thought he was the only prophet serving Jehovah and said, “I am the only one left and now they are trying to kill me too.”  With loving patience, the divine Counselor responded, “Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel---all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal” (1 Kings 14-18 NIV).

While in Egypt, Abraham acquired Hagar as Sarah’s handmaid. When Sarah didn’t conceive, she asked her husband to obtain a child through her servant. Hagar bore Ishmael. After harsh treatments and dissensions between Abraham’s two wives, Hagar and Ishmael were exiled and fled to the desert. Great loneliness and despair met them there.

As believers in Christ, we’re never alone. He’s always with us (Hebrews 13:5). God is both Omnipresent and Immanent, that is, He penetrates everything (A.W. Tozer 1897-1963). King David knew he could never escape God’s presence or immanence (Psalm 139:8).

As God’s greatest and most superb creation, He’s always within surrounding us with Himself. He has more clarity than we do as to who we are and to Whom we belong.

He wants us. We belong.

He wanted and chose us before earth’s foundation. He proved this jubilant breathtaking love by dying that we may live with Him throughout eternity. 

There it is---the only remedy for solitary confinement. 

“The bucket that is sunk into the depths of the ocean is full of the ocean---the ocean is in the bucket and the bucket is in the ocean. God dwells in the universe and yet the universe dwells in Him.”  -A. W. Tozer Volume 1 “Attributes of God”

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