There are so many people out there who—even in the midst of the crowd they still—feel so alone. Are you one of them?
For so many times, I have met elderly people who are so vibrant in their golden years. In fact, some of them became very successful and influential when they retired from their jobs.
However, it saddens me also to see that despite the successes, many are struggling with loneliness and fear. Again, are you one of them?
Here’s my short but encouraging message for you.
1. Find Comfort in Knowing You Are Not Alone.
The fact is there are so many people out there who are also lonely. They feel isolated, abandoned, and separated. But this is not the time to live with grudges and regrets.
In times like these, we need hope. What I fully mean to say, “You are not alone,” is not to draw yourself to those who are secluded and hopeless. Instead, it I want you to find comfort from God.
God’s says, “fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” (Isaiah 41:10).
God is with you and He will never abandon you. Wherever you go, whatever you’ve done, whoever you’ve become, whatever you have—as long as you refocus your eyes or heart on God, you will find peace.
The truth is God is always here and there even if you did not think or feel His presence. You were and are and willnever be alone if God is with you.
When you recognize this truth in your heart and mind, you will be able to live and rest with great comfort that God cares for you and he is always with you to eternity.
2. Feel the Love of Those Who Care for You.
I really don’t know your story in life. And there is no one who can better tell your story but you. But do you see that in your lifetime, there were people who loved you?
This is not the time for regret because you cannot change the past—no matter what. The past is behind us. The opportunities missed do not define who we are for in the end our life is defined by our personal relationships.
First—and foremost—is with God who loves and cares for us. That God loves you and me is undisputable truth demonstrated in history when Jesus died on the cross for our sins.
Second is with our families and friends. Despite the breakdown and shortcomings of families in many societies, still the family is an integral source for unconditional love for many. Those who have significant loved ones would be happier.
Third is with those who care for you. The truth is there are many people around you who sincerely love you and voluntarily express God’s love in very practical ways.
Your families, friends, and fellow people could be God’s extensions of His feet to go where you are with eyes to see your needs, ears to listen, and hands to serve.
3. Focus on God’s Promise of Abiding Presence.
The truth is, there is no amount of successes, achievements, or money that can fill the vacuum of loneliness. The world is filled with highly successful people who are miserably lonely and depressed.
But there is hope! For those who are afraid and feel isolated, God assures “fear not, for I am with you.”
For the discouraged and depressed, God says, “Be not dismayed, for I am your God.”
For those who have grown weary and weak, God promises this: “I will strengthen you, I will help you.”
For those who are afraid of the future, God says, “I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Will you trust God’s righteousness to sustain you to eternity?
If so, then, I encourage you to fix your faith on Jesus Christ. In the depths of your heart and mind, I want you to know that God did not abandon you on your own.
God sent His beloved Son to that you and I could spend eternity with God—and not to be eternally isolated from Him.
Glenn Plastina © 2017