May 19, 2021
The Right Response to Loneliness
I’ve known the pain of loneliness and emotional isolation during my lifetime, but God has never abandoned me to these feelings. Over the years, He’s taught me to draw near to Him rather than give in to self-pity and despair.
We can’t deny feelings of loneliness, nor can we allow ourselves to wallow in them. Today’s psalm reveals how David dealt with his sense of isolation.
He cried out to the Lord (Psalm 27:7). God is near to the brokenhearted and hears our prayers.
David remembered the Lord’s help (Psalm 27:9). Even in despair, we should make an effort to recount God’s past faithfulness to us.
He asked God to guide and teach him (Psalm 27:11). Instead of withdrawing into self-pity, we must go to God’s Word to learn His ways.
David believed He would see God’s goodness (Psalm 27:13). Confidence in God’s goodness helps us look beyond our current emotions.
He waited for the Lord (Psalm 27:14). In His time, God will bring us out of the shadow of isolation.
Although loneliness is painful, it’s also an opportunity to draw near to the Lord. Instead of turning inward, use it to grow upward.
Bible in One Year: 2 Chronicles 26-28