Key Verse: For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you’. Hebrews 13:5

Figures released in Britain show that in the last decade (2005-2015) the number of people who live alone has increased by nearly 25%. Of the tens of millions of people that live in Britain, nearly 2.5 million of those aged between 45 and 64 live on their own, and 60% of those are men.

Living alone can be tough. It is the hard reality for millions of people not just in Britain but all around the world. Society has changed and our communities, towns and cities are different. We are no longer surrounded by family and friends. We often don’t even know our neighbour. No One is exempt from loneliness; the widower, the divorcee, the stay-at-home mom, the successful businessman, all can feel alone. Being alone can not only be physically isolating, but mentally too; with nobody to talk to, people find themselves on a spiral of loneliness which is increasingly difficult to rise out of.

Jesus understands loneliness. In the Garden of Gethsemane He was alone at the time He needed friends the most, they had all fallen asleep on him time after time. He endured the whippings alone, the interrogations alone and hung on the cross alone.

When you are alone, it can feel like nobody loves you, nobody cares about your very existence, and possibly that you have qualities that drives other people away. However, even though we may, as Christians, feel physical lonely, we can always gain comfort from the fact that we have a heavenly Father that loves us so much that he simply cannot take his eyes off us. Every moment of our existence is watched over by him.

When you are in Christ, you may feel lonely from time to time because of personal circumstances, but rest safe in the knowledge that you are never alone in this world. When Joshua was appointed as leader at the end of the desert wandering, Moses reassured him in Deuteronomy 31:8 that although as leader he may at times feel lonely at the top,  “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

 

 

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