Why loneliness will never win

The last time I wrote was in April. For weeks I’ve been looking at the time stamp on my last blog with a sinking feeling in my gut.

Less time should’ve gone by in between this blog entry and the last, but it hasn’t.

I’ve been really discouraged by the emotional impacts of Coronavirus. Over the past couple of months, I’ve spent a lot of my time (more than I should) on social media, and let me just say that a global pandemic brings the stress out in everyone.

I’ve been trying to put together the reasons I’ve been feeling so much sadness lately, and I think it’s because God never intended for us to go through life alone. We’ve definitely had a surplus of alone time lately.

There’s a simple solution to loneliness. That is to understand that God will never leave us.

Isaiah 43:2 reads that “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.”

This is just one instance of God telling us that He will always be with us.

The Bible clearly states that God will never leave us, so why do we still suffer from loneliness? The simple answer is that we are human.

As humans we are sinful and our nature is sinful, allowing for loneliness to sneak in and sometimes consume us when we don’t fully have our thoughts on Christ.

Since giving my life to Christ, there’s been moments where I’ve found myself wondering what step to take next. I’ve been at a loss for words while reading my Bible. I’ve been unsure of myself in my walk with Christ and felt like I wasn’t good enough.

During social isolation, I’ve felt distant from God, and as a Christian, this had made the loneliness even worse.

This is where Satan wants me. He wants me isolated from my friends, family, hobbies and my routine. He wants me alone with my thoughts and my anxiety. Satan thrives from our loneliness.

Satan doesn’t get to win, though, because I cannot be isolated from Christ. In God’s presence there is peace, comfort and freedom from loneliness.

When I don’t know what to say God intercedes for me. He knows the words in our heart when we don’t know what thoughts to form. He comforts me with His promises to never leave me.

I haven’t been living like I want to live, and I’m taking all negative thoughts about myself and my progress back from Satan’s grasp.

The coronavirus will not be part of our lives forever. Isolation won’t last forever. Better days will always be ahead of us and this is why we have hope.

We don’t have to dwell in loneliness, because God is walking right there with us, pandemic or not.

My favorite verse in the Bible is Revelation 21:4. It says that “He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

I’ve probably said this verse out loud to myself 100 times since March. When Christ returns, even death will cease to exist, so why should we let loneliness overcome us during our time on this very temporary planet.

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