Unspeakable Joy Devotional

June 10th

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Hope For The Lonely Heart.  There is no stage of life immune from the fear of loneliness. The nervous student fears loneliness due to a lack of the familiar. The single person fears a life of loneliness without a spouse. The new mother fears that no on will understand her struggles. The couple who has moved to a new city fears that they won’t find friends. Loneliness affects us all, and we often live in the fear that our loneliness will last the rest of our life.

When we choose to indulge our flesh and remain fearful about the possibility of future loneliness, we stand in rebellion against God. We are choosing to ignore the commands of Philippians 4 to “be anxious for nothing,” and choosing to ignore the new spirit God has given us, one that is “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7

The Lord himself sees to it that his children are never left alone. It was God the Father who said, “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will fail thee, nor forsake thee.” Deuteronomy 31:6 Jesus Christ promised to his disciples, “……..And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:20 Christ also promised the Twelve the coming of the Holy Spirit: “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.” John 14:16-17

When we elevate our feelings of loneliness over these promises, we crate and deepen the lonely despair for ourselves. We reject the joy of his presence and afflict ourselves with the pain of isolation. We can choose to believe that God is all-sufficient, as he says he is, or we can live our lives doubting he is all we need. (K Luedke)

 

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