Loneliness: Choose to break free of isolation!

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Ever found that isolation is causing you to feel loneliness? Ever felt so lonely and wondered what was going on? Could today be the day that things are going to change? Are you ready to do something to break free of isolation?

What God has to say about loneliness and isolation:

Scripture: Genesis 2:18 (NIV)

The Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.”

Application to resolve loneliness:

Recognize that God designed humans for companionship and community. Embrace the truth that it is okay to seek and build meaningful relationships. Consider joining a local church, community group, or engaging in activities that foster connection with others.

Scripture: Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NIV)

"Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up."

Application to resolve loneliness:

Understand the strength found in relationships. Choose to share your struggles with trusted friends or family members. Allow others to support you in times of difficulty, and reciprocate by being there for them. Breaking free from isolation involves building a support system.

Scripture: Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV)

"And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching."

Application to resolve loneliness:

Actively participate in a community of faith. Attend church services, Bible studies, or fellowship groups where you can build spiritual connections. Engaging in regular gatherings with like-minded individuals can help combat loneliness and provide a supportive environment for personal growth.

Loneliness isn’t the plan! We were created for relationship with God and others:

In summary, these scriptures emphasize the importance of companionship, mutual support, and active participation in community to break free from the isolation that leads to loneliness. Apply these principles in your life by seeking and nurturing meaningful relationships, sharing your struggles, and actively participating in a community that encourages spiritual and personal growth.

This year I am using the 365 Daily Devotions book I received for Christmas and applying it towards being dads. It’s called WALKING WITH GOD by DAVID JEREMIAH. It’s exciting to get to learn from a new resource this year as we have tried different options the past two years and will keep working through this one for 2024. For more information about the author and his ministry, visit: DavidJeremiah.org.


Verse: Matthew 28:20 (NIV)

and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Firstly, let’s be the dads who turn to God when we feel lonely because we know we aren’t alone; Jesus promised He would be with us always. Secondly, let’s be the dads who lean in and trust God because we know that He will never leave us nor abandon us. Moreover, let’s be the dads who never lose hope, recognizing that throughout the Bible, we find examples of people being or feeling lonely and how they find their strength and move forward in God.

Types of Loneliness:

Today’s Devotional kicks off speaking about “different types of loneliness that invades our lives.” It even speaks to how no matter if we are a “pastor, ministry leader, spouse, parent, or child” that we “have experienced loneliness somewhere along the life’s journey” and how we are “in good company” as “the Bible gives abundant examples of lonely saints.”

Social Loneliness:

King David experienced social isolation when he was on the run from King Saul. In the wilderness, he felt abandoned and alone.

Resolution: Despite the loneliness, David found solace in his relationship with God. He expressed his feelings in Psalms, seeking comfort and strength from God. (Psalm 23:4)

Emotional Loneliness:

Elijah felt emotionally isolated and alone after his encounter with the prophets of Baal. He believed he was the only faithful one left.

Resolution: God spoke to Elijah in a gentle whisper, reassuring him and providing companionship. Elijah’s emotional loneliness was alleviated through his renewed connection with God. (1 Kings 19:9-18)

Existential Loneliness:

The prodigal son experienced existential loneliness when he squandered his wealth and found himself in dire circumstances.

Resolution: Upon realizing his mistakes, the prodigal son humbly returned to his father. His existential loneliness was overcome through repentance, reconciliation, and the embrace of his loving father. (Luke 15:11-32)

Spiritual Loneliness:

Job, in the midst of his suffering, felt spiritually isolated as he grappled with questions about God's justice.

Resolution: Job’s spiritual loneliness found resolution when God spoke to him, revealing His sovereignty and wisdom. Job’s faith was strengthened through this encounter, demonstrating that even in the midst of trials, God is present. (Job 38-42)

Circumstantial Loneliness:

Joseph experienced circumstantial loneliness when he was unjustly imprisoned in Egypt.

Resolution: Despite his circumstances, Joseph remained faithful to God. Eventually, he rose to a position of prominence, and his loneliness was replaced with divine purpose and fulfillment. (Genesis 39-41)

These biblical examples show that individuals facing loneliness found solace, companionship, and purpose through their relationship with God, repentance, reconciliation, and faithful perseverance. These stories serve as sources of inspiration for those struggling with various forms of loneliness today.

Today’s Devotional closes speaking of Paul and how even “he ached with loneliness:

At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them. -- 2 Timothy 4:16 (NIV)

and wraps with the challenge: “Today you may encounter a lonely person hiding behind a smile. If you were that person, how would you hope to be greeted? Friendship is a sure antidote to a lonely soul. Be cheerful medicine to someone today.”

“The next time you find yourself alone in a dark alley facing the undeniables of life, don’t cover them with a blanket, or ignore them with a nervous grin. Don’t turn up the TV and pretend they aren’t there. Instead, stand still, whisper his name, and listen. He is nearer than you think. ”

― Max Lucado

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