Have you ever felt alone? Have you ever carried a burden that you felt no one else would understand? Have you ever longed for some understanding soul to come along and lift your spirits?
I’m sure we all have at some point.
I know I have.
As members of the body of christ, we are supposed to be there for each other. We are supposed to bear one another’s burdens.
But sometimes we drop the ball. Sometimes our lives are crazy and our sisters in Christ get lost in the shuffle.
Sometimes we are the ones who get lost. Maybe marriage difficulties have left us feeling isolated from our husbands. What if the burden is one we don’t feel we can share?
Sometimes it’s no ones fault, we just feel stranded.
What are we supposed to do then?
We turn to God. Where we should have turned in the first place. When David was distressed, he encouraged himself in the Lord his God. (1 Samuel 30:6) We can follow his example.
Here are eight scriptures for those times when you feel alone in this world.
1. Proverbs 18:24
“there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.”
Sometimes even our closest friends can hurt us. Sometimes we hurt them. In any human interaction there is the possibility, even the probability, that we will be hurt and left feeling alone.
But our Savior will never let us down. He will never leave us feeling alone. If we keep our eyes on Him, we will always have someone in our corner.
2. Hebrews 13:5
“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”
It’s easy look around and us at others who appear to have lots of friends, a perfect marriage, or large support group rallying around them, and feel we’re missing out. But no ones life is perfect, and looking at what others have will only leave us more dissatisfied.
Just as no one else’s life is perfect, ours is rarely as bleak as we think. If we stop focusing on what we don’t have, and focus on what we do have, we’ll probably find we already have what we need.
3. Matthew 28:20
“lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
When your world feels like it’s falling apart and you have nowhere to turn, The Savior is there. He never left you, not for one minute. And He never will.
Ever second of every day He walks with us. He experiences all of our joys and sorrows. He sees every tear, and knows every pain. He’s not turned off by our brokenness.
He longs for us to turn our brokenness over to Him, and let Him fill in the cracks and change it into something beautiful.
4. Psalms 37:25
“I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.”
Friend, are you a child of God? If so, then you are one of the righteous, and you will never be forsaken. You will never be forgotten.
The entire world may turn its back on us, with or without cause, but our Heavenly Father never will. Not matter how we disappoint Him, He will always welcome us with open arms.
5. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9
“We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;”
Our enemy wants us to believe that we have been abandoned. He loves it when we believe everyone has turned their backs on us, and start feeling sorry for ourselves. Even if it’s only one person that we think has abandoned us, the devil celebrates when we let it get us down in the dumps.
Even if our dearest friend really has walked away, God will be there to fill the void if we let Him. He will not forsake us.
6. 1 Corinthians 3:9
“For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.” (Emphasis added)
The moment we become children of God, He begins a work in us. Molding and shaping us until we are a perfect reflection of Christ. If we’re not growing and changing, then we’re dead. Growth is nessasary for life, and whatever God allows in our lives is intended to grow us. Even the loneliness.
He doesn’t intend for us to walk those roads alone. The work is a joint effort. He wants our cooperation, and promises His presence.
He wants to work in us, through us, and with us. He won’t let us go it alone.
7. Romans 8:35, 38-39
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
No matter what this world, and our enemy throw at us, we can never be separated from God’s love. It’s not possible.
He has given us a promise that He will never leave us. It’s up to us to believe that promise. Cling to it. Cherish it. Holding onto this promise might just mean the difference between persevering in our work for the Kingdom, and quitting it all.
When we remember who is fighting for us, we can endure any hardship. We can survive any storm, and even thrive in the midst of it.
8. Philippians 4:19
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Emphasis added)
This isn’t one we normally associate with companionship. Normally we think of more tangible needs, like food, clothing, and shelter, and those certainly apply, but this verse says all our needs. Not just the easy ones.
The needs we think only another human being can meet, He can supply those too.
Yes, God uses others to meet our needs. But if we’re constantly wanting someone to meet our needs, we can never be the one He uses to meet the needs of others.
We miss out twice this way. We miss the peace and comfort only God can give, and we miss the blessing of being used by God to bless someone else.
Our God is truly our everything. No human being can supply what only God can. We need to go to Him to have our tanks filled. Only when we’re trusting Him for our every need, can we become all that He wants us to be.
Did some of these surprise you? Do you have any you would add? I’d love to hear your thoughts! Let me know in the comments what I left out!