Monday, May 2, 2022

Daily Devotion: Challenge of Loneliness

Bible Reading: I Kings 19:1-10

Key Verse: Verse 10 - And he said, I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away.”

Key Words: even I only, am left

Have you ever considered all of the men and women of the Bible who had to go through the struggle of loneliness? 

·     Think of Adam and God who said, “It is not good that the man should be alone.”

·     Joseph who was hated by his brothers and left alone in a pit.

·     Naomi whose family died and she felt alone and hopeless.

·     Jonah who felt alone in the belly of the whale.

·     Elijah who felt alone facing Ahab and Jezebel.

Which raises the question, “What is the answer for loneliness?”

First, we must have a sense of the presence of God (I Kings 19:11-13). 

Next, we need to find a ministry and be a blessing to others (II Cor. 1:4).

Last of all, we must realize there are others who are willing to aid, help, pray for us and be there for us (Ruth 1:16).

But it also is our responsibility to minister to the lonely.

“An eleven-year-old orphan had known nothing but institutional life.  She had been shuffled from one orphanage to the next.  She defied authority and maintained very poor manners.  Her friends were few because of her social ineptitude.  On one occasion her roommates saw her write a note and hide it in a tree that overhung the orphanage wall.  Such a practice was strictly forbidden, so the two girls ran to retrieve the letter once the poor misfit had gone.  Their thoughts of blackmail were soon daunted when they read these simple words: ‘To whoever finds this – I love you!’”

Each day millions of lonely and hurting people are looking for a way to let the world know they need love.  Don’t miss an opportunity to share some of God’s love with them.

What to do:
✞ Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

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