“It is not good for the man to be alone” (Genesis 2:18). In the beginning, the first thing God declared bad was loneliness, and it still plagues humanity today. In this message, Dr. Stanley lays out a clear-cut path to overcoming this involuntary solitary confinement.
Loneliness can become debilitating since those who suffer from it often feel insecure, inadequate, restless, and confused. They may have trouble concentrating and are easily distracted because their minds are divided. Therefore, they often end up wasting time and wonder why they seem stuck and can’t overcome their feelings of loneliness. But for Christians, there is a way to triumph over this devastating emotion.
Jesus offered this invitation to those who feel weighed down by life’s burdens: “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matt. 11:28-30).
This is a truth lonely people need to take to heart because they are carrying a heavy emotional weight. Those who come to Jesus will find that He is sufficient to lift their burden and guide them through times of loneliness. But people who reject Christ’s invitation often turn to solutions that are no help at all. Despite their efforts, the heavy feeling of loneliness remains.
As Christians, we have a Savior who understands our weakness since He knows what it’s like to feel lonely. When He was on the cross bearing the penalty for our sins, He felt separated from His Father and cried out, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?” (Matt. 27:46). Like Jesus, we cannot escape all feelings of loneliness, but if we’ve trusted Him as our Savior, we can count on the fact that He is always with us no matter how we feel.
Definition of Loneliness — Loneliness is an anxiety brought on by feelings of being disconnected, out of touch, abandoned, ostracized, or isolated. It’s the loss of intimacy and a sense of belonging and is often caused by divorce, death, or some other form of separation. Loneliness affects the mind, emotions, and even the physical body. Our society is plagued by loneliness. Despite efforts to find a relief in relationships, material possessions, or activities, there is no true solution apart from the God who created us. Only He can satisfy empty hearts with a relationship with Him through His Son, Jesus Christ. To overcome loneliness, we must turn to Him.