“Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone.’” Genesis 2:18a (NLT)
Knowing that God is with you is the first step in conquering loneliness. Christ followers have the assurance that He will never leave us or forsake us! Jesus promised, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20) We are not alone.
But as comforting as that is, we still need people with skin on. God created us for connection and companionship. In a perfect world, the Creator recognized something was missing. Adam was alone, and God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone.”
That statement is really remarkable to me. I mean, after all, Adam had God. But, in His loving kindness, God would fashion another creature that would meet the social and physical needs of Adam so that he would no longer be alone. This connection is the second step in overcoming loneliness. The Living Bible puts it like this in Genesis 2:18,
“And the Lord God said, ‘It isn’t good for man to be alone; I will make a companion for him, a helper suited to his needs.’”
The two steps to conquering loneliness are to know that God is with you and to share a connection with others. We need one another. In Romans 12:5, the Bible says, “…we belong to each other, and each needs all the others.”
We were made for connection and thrive in relationship with others. We are better together. Isolation creates loneliness. You can be in a perfect environment as Adam, in relationship with God, and yet still feel alone without the connection of others. This is why being in a life group is so essential to our spiritual growth, physical health, and mental well-being. Left alone, we fail to thrive. In Galatians 6:2, the Bible tells us to “Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.” What are you carrying today that you need to share with someone? The truth is we all need help at times. Our burden can be too heavy to carry alone. You show humility by allowing others into your world to share your burden. Are you denying someone else the opportunity to serve God by serving you? Pride prevents us from being open and asking for help. The Life Application Bible adds this note to that verse, “No Christian should ever think that he or she is totally independent and doesn’t need help from others, and no one should feel excused from the task of helping others.”
Maybe God is calling you to share in the burden that someone around you is trying to carry. When you share a burden, you demonstrate God’s love. This was a distinct characteristic of the New Testament Church. They were committed to one another. Acts 4:32 says, “All the believers were united in heart and mind. And they felt that what they owned was not their own, so they shared everything they had.” As a result, verse 34 says, “There were no needy people among them.” Imagine that. They shared one another’s burdens. The sharing was voluntary and motivated by their love for God and their love for one another.
No matter what you’re going through, you are not alone. God is with you and there is a community of faith surrounding you with His love and care. If you desire that connection, we invite you to check out Woodlands Church. Register now for our Membership or Life Class this Sunday and discover the difference a church family can make. You are not alone!