I’ve been surprised with how lonely life can feel. And you don’t have to be on some deserted island to experience it.
Probably one of the loneliest parts of my life was when I was working in Western Australia. I had graduated from University and was working on a remote goldmine. I was surrounded by friends and, from a worldly point of view, I was successful. But I was lonely.
It felt like no one really understood me. No one was truly close to me. No one really loved me. But is that really true? God speaks to us in Psalm 139 and says
Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
If I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
If I settle on the far side of the sea,
Even there your hand will guide me,
Your right hand will hold me fast.
No matter where we are in this world God is there also and the psalmist says that his right hand will hold us fast. The right hand is Jesus. Because of Jesus God’s presence is a loving one. He loves us and cares for us. He knows us intimately and will be with us to the end of our life. He promises never will I leave you, never will I forsake you.
So when you feel lonely, God is there. He loves you because of Jesus. So look to him and his word. Amen.