People leave. Sometimes by choice; sometimes it’s out of their control. But they still leave. Close friends move away. Family members get sick. Relationships fall apart. Their absence leaves holes in our lives. Occasionally others help fill the gap. But often, no one does and loneliness rushes in.
Have you ever been lonely? Perhaps you are lonely now. Loneliness is sadness caused by the absence of companionship. That’s why it can press in on us even in a crowd. The simple presence of people cannot push away loneliness. Only a caring companion can alleviate that feeling of isolation.
Even the most loving and dependable people will eventually leave us. Death and distance separate loved ones. Trouble and time tear us apart. But there is One who will never leave us or forsake us. Absolutely nothing can separate you from Jesus and His love. If you have entered into a saving relationship with Jesus, His Spirit is always present with you.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38-39, NIV
These beautiful and comforting words, penned by the apostle Paul to the Christians in Rome, flowed from personal experience. The loving presence of Christ stayed close to him in difficult and lonely times. Paul acknowledged Christians will face hardship, loneliness, and a multitude of other trials. Yet, in the midst of them, we are not alone.
All others may leave us, but Jesus never will. Everyone else may be against us, but Jesus is always for us. Jesus’ presence and love is sufficient.
Are you lonely today? How can God’s truth overcome your feelings and help you to sense His presence?
Note: This post was adapted from “God Is My Refuge: 12 Weeks of Devotions and Scripture Memory for Troubled Times”