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Walking Life Alone


I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul. 5I cried unto thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living.  -Psalms 142:4-

David, in the book of Psalms felt lonely. He was a king, a mighty man of God, yet there wasn’t any one by his side. He said in the verse above that he had no one to turn to and no one to be with, so what did he do? He turned to God. He told God that in Him he found comfort and could be at peace. When all had left him, God was still present. 

Deuteronomy 31:6 says that God will never leave us nor forsake us. He’ll always be there when we need him, a very present help indeed.  Although it can become depressing in not having anyone around, we should use it as a time to focus on God and our lives.  It is essential that we are not constantly bombarded with people. We need to be alone, have a place of solitude, and simply reflect and pray about life.

Jesus acknowledged the importance in doing this. In the four Gospels you will read that Jesus often withdrew Himself from the crowds, went to a place of solitude, and was alone. Luke 5:16 says, “But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.” Christ did this to have personal time and to develop His relationship with God.

I believe in our busy lives we often become so “caught up in the moment,” we grow accustomed to constantly being surrounded by people. Sometimes, the noise and excitement of it all is distracting and deafening—so deafening that we cannot hear the voice of God. The scriptures tell us God is jealous. Not in a bad way though. He becomes jealous when we value others and things in our lives more than Him. To me, it is through loneliness that God tries to re-connect with us. He  doesn’t want us to become depressed, but to rejoice that we can be alone with Him.

When I really think about what David said in Psalms, I notice something. David looked to others first, and then after finding no one, was lonely and sought God. Perhaps if he had sought God first when he looked around him he would have been embraced by others. Jesus was always surrounded by people. Christ was surrounded so much that He Himself sought solitude. He looked for a way to have a private time with God. Isn’t it interesting then that because He sought God, He was never lonely? 

So if you are feeling alone, don’t be depressed. Seek God. Maybe it is just His way of saying, “You didn’t notice me when everyone else was around so now that you’re alone, let’s talk.” 

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