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A father of the fatherless and a judge for the widows, Is God in His Holy habitation. God makes a home for the lonely; He leads out the prisoners into prosperity, Only the rebellious dwell in a parched land. Psalm 68:5-6

If We’re Being Honest:

Can I be very open with you right now? I struggled to write on this topic. I read my assignment and instantly felt my blood pressure rise. This devotional is about loneliness. I sat down at my computer and stared at a blinking cursor, trying to tap into my “writer mode” and find just the right words to say to you. Except I don’t have the right words to say. The truth is that I am experiencing my own season of loneliness right now. I am in the middle of it. Instead of speaking at you, and telling you the perfect story from my life that ends in a quotable testimony, I am going to do the only thing I know to do when I don’t know what else to say: I am going to tell you the truth.

The truth about loneliness is that we have all felt it, feel it right now, or will feel it in the near future. The truth is that you can be physically alone in a space, or feel alone in a crowded room. You could have a perfect set of friends, or a wonderful relationship and still feel just as alone as someone who doesn’t. You could post an Instagram picture, holding onto your “friends,” and convince the whole world that you have an awesome community, but lay awake in bed and crave something more.

The truth is that I think this is something everyone deals with more often than we would like to admit. Loneliness isn’t really “blog worthy” and it's certainly not something anyone is lettering out in a whimsical font. It is hard to admit that you may feel alone in a crowded room, amidst an awesome set of friends, or while you are physically alone in your room.

The truth is that I want to bring light to something we all feel. And then if nothing else, I want to leave you with the only truth you really need to cling to: In the middle of your loneliness, Jesus is running towards you.

The Bible Says...

“A father of the fatherless and a judge for the widows, Is God in His Holy habitation. God makes a home for the lonely; He leads out the prisoners into prosperity, Only the rebellious dwell in a parched land.” Psalm 68:5-6

Reflections:

  1. What does loneliness look like in your life right now?

  2. What are the ways you are filling this void of loneliness?

  3. How do you think the Lord wants to fill these voids for you?

Prayer:

Lord, though I may not feel it in this moment, I know that You are the only one that can truly bring me out of my loneliness. I ask that You would reveal areas of my life where I can make more room for You. Thank you for being the God that is close to those who are lonely.

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