I’m so glad we have the entire story of Jesus’ birth, death, burial, resurrection & ascension. I’m even more pleased with the fact that we serve a High Priest that was in all points tempted just as we are, yet without sin. In our study this week, we’ve gotten a glimpse of how loneliness plagued the Son of God. Our God created humanity for companionship with Himself and each other. He doesn't want people to suffer the emotional turmoil of loneliness. The bible contains pledges of His constant presence as well as instructions to prevent loneliness among our church family. The Lord stressed His constant presence because He knows our need for assurance, especially when we feel deserted or isolated. His vow never to forsake believers is found throughout the Bible: He spoke this comforting word to the disciples who were about to witness Jesus' ascension (Matt. 28:20). Of all the things Christ Jesus experienced in the Garden, I would imagine loneliness was one of the greatest tests to His faith. Paul preached that nothing can compare to drawing close to Christ (Phil. 3:8). Who better to draw close to than He who experienced some of the greatest forms of loneliness? God wants every believer to implicitly trust that He is near. The church is designed to meet our need for person-to-person intimacy. Notice 1 Corinthians 12. The spiritual body works much like a human body—it contains parts are both independent and interdependent; each needing others in order to function well. We require support from our brothers and sisters in Christ. We are to accept one another (Rom. 15:7), bear each other's burdens (Gal. 6:2), and avoid judging each other (Rom. 14:13). Loneliness can cripple a person emotionally and spiritually. I’ve experienced it in my own life just as many of you have in yours. Sometimes we just need reminded that human beings are not designed to walk through this world alone. We are made for relationship, which God gladly supplies. We must never forget that the Lord is near and that He never wants us to feel alone.
Have a blessed day and remember the One who gave it to you!
Kevin Lough is the minister at the Whitehall Church of Christ in Fairmont WV.