One of the amazing paradoxes of our times is that we have come to the place in human history when people are totally aloneâ€”yet surrounded by crowds. Life in the 21st century is very lonely for many people.
Though there are more humans than ever before alive and around usâ€”many find less fellowship, companionship, and fulfillment each year. We move past, around and by, more and more people each dayâ€”but know fewer and fewer.
We often move fasterâ€”but not closer. We often have more contactâ€”but less touch. We have more and more relationshipsâ€”but less and less depth. And all of this leads to that aching hollow of the soul known as loneliness.
Loneliness is when God takes something or someone out of my lifeâ€”so He can be closest to me. This means that loneliness is a tool in God's hand, an opportunity for a right response by us His children. Don't let loneliness abuse you, use it to draw close to the Lord!
Pastor John Barnett has been devouring the Word of God for over 30 years. John, now the teaching pastor of Calvary Bible Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan has served congregations in Oklahoma, New England, Georgia and California. He also served on the Faculty of the Master's College...