From time to time, lonely people call me to share their problems. One man, who professes faith in Christ, is struggling to live a pure life. Whenever he falls into sin, he needs reassurance of God’s forgiveness.
Another person who calls is a woman who has had some bad experiences with men. She has to be assured that God still loves her.
Then there’s a young woman with a physical disability. She lives alone because she is treated badly at home.
All these people have two things in common: they’ve felt the pain of rejection, and they are lonely. But it’s loneliness that stands out as their greatest problem.
Loneliness can’t be cured just by being with people, seeing a counselor, or talking on the phone. What’s needed is friendship. That’s where we who are not lonely can help. We must befriend lonely people.
Just waiting for someone to become a friend, however, is not the way to find the cure for loneliness. Hebrews 13:1-6 does not mention this problem, but it does give the answer. We must focus our attention on Jesus Christ. He promises to be a helper who will never leave nor forsake us (vv.5-6).
Jesus always listens and always cares. He will help you make it through any situation.
When solitude's burden would weigh down the soul
And feelings of loneliness o'er us would roll,
The Savior continues to stay by our side
To strengthen, to comfort, to help, and to guide. —DJD