All of us at time have felt loneliness. It may because of separation from loved one or moving to a new place or situation. We can especially feel lonely in a crowd of people because we see other people enjoying themselves together but we are by ourselves. It can lead to various emotional, social and physical sickness.
How do we define loneliness? David Jeremiah in "Slaying the Giants in your Life" defines it this way. It is a sick feeling in the stomach that seltzer water (medicine for upset stomach) can not cure. It is an anxiety that does not come or go, but remains with you at all times and smothers you in the quiet of the night. It is is a sharp pang that jolts through you when you remember an old experience. It is a subtle stress that quietly wears you down and you lack energy or enthusiasm. Above all, loneliness is a longing for completeness. What does the Bible say about this topic and how we can deal with loneliness? That is the purpose of this study.
Study of God's Word
As you go through this lesson, read the verses in the Bible to help you find the answers. Try reading the verses first in a Bible in your own language (Chinese) and then in an English version. Note: these studies are based on the text of the New International Version.
Note: The Bible verse references below are linked to an English version of the Bible, usual the New International Bible. If you would like to follow the Bible verse link, it would be good to "right click" on the Bible verse link and choose to open in new window resized the window so that you can quickly go back and forth from this page to the verses. Try to write down your answers to these questions.
King David was chosen as God as a young man to become the future King of Israel. He was the most successful and well know of the kings. He was know as a man after God's own heart (Acts 13:22). God promised that one of his descendants would be the savior and eternal ruler of mankind. This was and will be fulfilled in Jesus Christ. (2 Samuel 7:11-16). David was also the author of many of the Psalms in the Old Testament. Let us look at two of these Psalm as David describes his feelings of loneliness.
Jeremiah is known as the weeping prophet. He was a faithful prophet of the Lord God who through his life warned his people Israel that God would judge them if they continued to disobey God. He lived to see the fulfillment of God's predictions as he watched Jerusalem the capital of Israel being concerned and destroyed and his people being taken away into a foreign country.
Paul was a great evangelist, teacher and started a number of churches throughout western Asia and southern Europe. He was used by God to write 13 books in the New Testament. If anyone could be called a faith servant of the Lord it would be Paul. At the end of his life he wrote his last book to a friend called Timothy. Read 2 Timothy 4:9-16.
Jesus the Son of God
Do you think that Jesus ever felt lonely? One of the last things Jesus said before He died on the cross is interesting. Read Matthew 27:45-49. (see also Matthew 26:36-75) Note: the cup in v. 39, 42 refers to the suffering he was to face as he is arrest and crucified.
Summary thoughts: To feel lonely is not a sin, but we sin when we begin to focus on it or let it control our lives and ruin our lives. It is a sin when we begin to ignore the Bibles answers to overcome these feelings. Let us look at the Bibles answers to give us freedom from being enslaved to feelings of loneliness.