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Feeling Alone?

Feeling Alone?

How is it possible, to live in  a world with so many people around, that a person could feel so alone?  Time and time again there are people who are working, active in social events and or athletic teams who  look to be a part of a group but are left to feel alone and uncared for.  Loneliness does not have to look like physical isolation but is actually a state of mind and can be caused by a numerous different life events.

A classic example of someone feeling alone in the Bible is in 1 Kings 19.  Elijah, the prophet,  has won an incredible battle against the prophets of Baal, where the Lord showed his incredible power and might.  Elijah has also prayed and brought an end to the drought.  Now he finds himself on the run in fear of the wrath of Jezebel, a follower of Baal,  the queen.  Throughout Elijah's struggles and standing for his faith God has been by his side and provided for Elijah.  Elijah finally breaks down and lets God know of his feelings of being alone in verse 14.  Instead of being angry with Elijah God gives him another mission and reveals he is not alone but rather God had reserved 7,000 others just like Elijah.  7,000 how have not given up the fight and will not bow to Baal.  Although it looked like Elijah was alone, he wasn't and God was there to provide just what he needed.

Even though it may seem there is no one who could understand the struggle being faced, or the feeling of being misunderstood, there are others out there.  God has understood from the very beginning at creation that we were not meant to be alone (Gen. 2:18).  All to often we feel like we can work out our loneliness by ourselves only to be disappointed over and over.  While the world works do destroy us God has a different plan.  God knows we need companionship and community.  God established the church to give everyone a place to belong and grow closer to him with others.

The church is the ultimate melting pot.  People from all races, nationalities, and sexes have a place to rally around a common goal.  The goal of loving and serving God by loving and serving one another.  The church is a place to come as you are and to grow into all that God desires you to be with one another.  No longer alone but as a family of believers.  If you find yourself feeling alone it may be your time to talk with God about it like Elijah.  God has a church family just waiting for you to come be a part of.  The people are not perfect but they too have been rescued by god and understand the importance of loving others and building community and supporting one another.

 

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