Is it possible to be alone without feeling lonely? I never thought so until I really got to know God. You see, all of my life, I’ve been super-social. I never thought that I could EVER be content with being alone. In undergraduate school, I constantly made plans to hang out with friends and be in the hub of the social scene. After I was married and had children, I was constantly involved in family activities. I made sure my schedule was packed with friends, family, church, work, sports, and entertainment. But my frantic socializing was an indicator that my tank was empty. I was still lonely.
What I was missing was a relationship with God.
We were created to KNOW HIM. At the time in life when we lose our innocence and realize and make a conscious choice to sin, we are separated from Him. But—when we are born again, we are gloriously reconciled to Him. However, to grow the relationship, we need to spend time with God. You can be born again yet live far from the presence of God. I certainly lived this way for years! I didn’t spend meaningful time with Him.
Unfortunately, I didn’t realize what was missing until after I was divorced and was more alone than I’d ever felt in my entire life. That’s when I finally began to be honest about my life; and as I did, I made the most stunning discovery—the gift of glorious friendship with God!
As I began to passionately seek to know God (on His terms)–what I found–was the most amazing Friend!
As my friendship with God grew, I had no idea just how deeply satisfying it could be until my youngest child left for college and I was completely alone. I was completely amazed to realize—I didn’t FEEL alone. Sure, there were times I would have loved to have a man in my life, but this was different. I didn’t have a desperate need for male companionship. I still don’t. In fact, my only desperate need—is for God’s presence.
God has given me friendship in both depth and dimension far beyond what another human is capable of doing.
Big surprise, right!?!
It shouldn’t be. God’s friendship is promised in His Word.
He will NEVER leave us:
“I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20
He offers us His perfect peace:
“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” John 14:27
He sympathizes with our weaknesses because He has experienced the same temptations:
“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”Hebrews 4:15-16
So, how do we become friends with God?
Well, after we are born again our spirit is able to communicate with God and thus, we may begin building our relationship with God. Moses had an extraordinary relationship with God. In fact, God called Moses a “friend.” God spoke to him directly and He fiercely defended Moses against his enemies. (Numbers 12:8) Wow! What was it about Moses that drew him so intimately into the presence of God? It was humility. The Bible says that Moses was the most humble man who ever lived. (Numbers 12:3)
Humility is to be devoid of pride. We can’t be full of pride and also be filled with God’s presence. As we draw into God’s presence and begin to realize His majesty, lovingkindness, power, and wisdom—we are humbled. We realize we are nothing without God. It is there, in that place of humility, that God begins to reveal Himself. As we learn to live in His presence, we also realize we never want to be without it.
When you are WITH GOD, you KNOW you are never alone.
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As a widow after 51 years of marriage & no family near this really spoke to me!!! Love it & shared it!!!
God has a marvelous plan for us no matter our circumstances! Thank you for sharing—our heart is to get God’s Word to others!
Kimberly, I feel like one of your readers that replied. I was saved about a year ago and was attending church, but fail ill and quit going,I still feel ill. I can’t feel God’s presence, and I longed to get back in church with my wonderful pastor and church family. I want to get back in God’s grace and be a good servant and witness to the Lord. Thank you and God bless you. Please pray for me.
I am praying for you now! Blessings, my brother!
God is our very present help in our time of trouble. He is everything we need.
Yes! He is!
I needed this message today!! I have been told that only 20% of my heart was working, and I am likely facing surgery.
I feel that was saved several years ago, but have not lived like I should. I can’t feel Gods presence any longer, and that scares me. Please pray that I return to a REAL Christian way of living, and that I can devote more time to God and His Word. Thank You So Much For This Reading!! May God Bless You, and please keep me in your prayers.
Praying for you now! So glad you know you are saved. Growth is a process—but don’t give up. Blessed that we are able to help.
Absolutely! Remember that walking with God is a journey we must commit to every day!