5. A father of the fatherless and a judge for the widows, Is God in His holy habitation.
6. God makes a home for the lonely; He leads out the prisoners into prosperity, Only the rebellious dwell in a parched land.” Psalms 68:4-6 NASB
A mother enters her home and finds her four children have been executed. Ages 16, 14, 13, and 10. Couple of days later the father is found floating in a reservoir. It was ruled a multiple murder/suicide. Why? The reasons could be many. Someone suggested it was loneliness. There is no excuse for such a horrific act as this. Loneliness doesn’t even seem to fit. Loneliness is listed as one of the ten saddest words in the English language.http://www.dictionary.com/slideshows/sad-words?param=flyout%23lonely (Click on link)
Loneliness is evil. It is the poorest of companions.
Biblically it was experienced by Moses [exile], Elijah [depression] and the greatest gravity of loneliness was experienced by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ while dying on the cross for our sins, He was separated from God the Father!
It is profitable for us to consider God’s Prescription for loneliness.
I. Know the Causes of Loneliness.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to
a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
a. It can be self-inflicted. [Talking to oneself is okay. Don’t answer]
b. It can be caused by difficulty in communicating with others.
c. Separation from God. “Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.”” Genesis 2:18 NASB
d. Separation from family.
II. Know the Results of Loneliness.
a. Some people become violent, bitter and angry.
b. Some people just become severely depressed. Withdrawn
c. Some people develop low-self esteem
Seventy two (72%) present of Americans experience loneliness each week! http://www.cbsnews.com/news/many-americans-are-lonely-survey-finds/ Those in the nursing home, those without good friends, those with no church family to associate with and those who during the holidays will experience the loneliness of separation from loved ones.
III. Know the Treatment for Loneliness.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
a. Reconciliation Our ministry is one of reconciliation:
1. To God. John 15:15
2. To family and individuals.
b. Develop a quiet time
c. Seek a meaningful place of service
d. Focus on the needs of others
e. Strengthen family bonds
f. Maintain the proper perspective
“Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.” 1 Peter 1:13, 20-21 NASB
When we say we have a living hope we are indicating our confidence in the future, our consistent trust in Jesus, our patient endurance of life’ struggles on a daily basis.