Monday, August 25, 2014

Pastor's Pondering, August 25, 2014

The World Is a Lonely Place

We can take our pick of recent events and we must conclude that the world is indeed a lonely place.  Worldwide suffering, domestic violence, and personal depression are reminders that we cannot depend upon our friends, relatives, or neighbors in our time of crisis. While people whom we love, trust, and respect can surround us, we may be crying out on the inside because we feel so alone.

Nevertheless, we can thank God that He said He would never leave us nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).  He is a very present help in time of trouble (Psalm 46:1). The Holy Spirit or the Comforter will come along side to help.  He will be a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path (Psalm 119:105). The Lord will protect, lead, guide, and comfort us (Psalm 23:1-4).

While it is true that we can be lonely in the world, we have the privilege of turning to God who wants to have an eternal relationship with us.  He loves us.  Whatever void people cannot fulfill in our lives, He will be a husband, a wife, a mother, a father, a friend or anyone else for you.  Just turn to Him when loneliness threatens to overtake you.  He has blessed me when I felt alone, and I know He will bless you, too.

Please comment below and share with others how God was able to fill a lonely part of your life. You can encourage others to do the same.

Hebrews 13:5
New International Version (NIV)
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,
“Never will I leave you; 
never will I forsake you.”

Psalm 46:1
King James Version (KJV)
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

Psalm 119:105
New International Version (NIV)
105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.

Psalm 23:1-4
New International Version (NIV)
1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
He makes me lie down in green pastures, 
he leads me beside quiet waters,
he refreshes my soul. 
He guides me along the right paths
 for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk
through the darkest valley, 
 I will fear no evil, 
for you are with me; 
your rod and your staff, 
they comfort me.

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