Have you ever gone through a time of loneliness? The funny thing about loneliness is that it makes you feel like you’re the only one experiencing it. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth. That awful lonely feeling is a universal experience that can feel like a heavy burden. But the good news is that it doesn’t have to be a permanent state of being. In those moments when solitude seems overwhelming, it might help to grab a cup of coffee and your Bible and find some encouragement in its pages. Read on to find a few reminders and passages to bring comfort to the believer’s heart.
YOU’RE NEVER LONELY WITH AN EVER-PRESENT FATHER
Here’s what afternoon host Jeff Loman says about how he deals with loneliness:
For me it’s always kind of a downer once you get past Christmas and New Year’s. You realize there are like two and a half months of cold, dark days on the way and you just feel “blah.” I just have to remind myself that my Father in heaven, my loving Father, is always there, and he never abandons me.
It’s kind of cool when you think about The Lord’s Prayer in Matthew chapter 6. Jesus prayed, “Our Father, which are in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.” It’s quite the radical thing for Jesus to say that because nobody had really referred to God as Father until that point. And because He did, now we can. The fact is, if you’re a believer, God is your Father and you are adopted into His family. And what father, who is a good and faithful father, will ever walk away? So when you feel lonely, you can remember that your Father will never walk away because you’re forever a part of His family.
Do you need to know God has your Father? Start here.
YOU HAVE A COMMUNITY
“Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.” – Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
While solitude can feel suffocating, the Bible teaches the value of companionship. It acknowledges the strength found in togetherness, reminding us that we’re not meant to navigate this world alone. Connecting with others, even in the midst of solitude, can bring about shared experiences that lift us up when we stumble and walk alongside us in our journey.
The Life 90.5 staff knows full well the impact of a church family. Having walked through difficult, lonely seasons of our own lately, it’s been vital to find love and support from our church families. So we encourage you to plug in to a local church near you. But don’t just attend Sunday worship services. Join a life group. Dive into a weeknight Bible study. Take the time to develop relationships with other believers who might just become like family.
THERE’S COMFORT THE LONELY HEART
If you’re like half of Americans (even believers), you know the pain of the end of a marriage. You’re familiar with the lonely evenings at home and the resulting struggle to feel loved. Those can be dark days indeed, no matter the time of year. But this passage offers hope that can be your light at the end of the tunnel.
“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” – Psalm 34:18
Loneliness can make us feel broken, as if our spirits are crushed under the weight of emptiness. Yet, in these moments, this verse serves as a gentle reminder that there’s a loving Savior who draws near to those who feel shattered. It’s in these broken places that we discover that only path to healing and restoration is leaning into Jesus.
Friend, stay strong, stay hopeful, and remember, you’re never truly alone.
WHAT ABOUT YOU?
When you’re feeling lonely, what passages, activities or connections help you? Tell us about it in the comments!