Everyone has felt unworthy or unwanted at some point in his or her life: Loneliness affects us all. This feeling seemed to pop up in my life this past week, despite being amidst a sea of friends. Your friends don’t really want to be around you, the sinful voice in my head would whisper. They don’t care about you at all.
One morning, I actually found myself starting to believe this lie. (I had moved in a week early in order to help with student orientation and did not have any roommates during that time.) As I sat sulking in my dorm room after lunch that day, a biblical truth came to mind: You are never alone. Hebrews 13:5 assures this promise:
…for He has said,
I will never leave you
nor forsake you.
We also find this truth in Matthew 28:20:
I am with you always,
even to the end of the age.
What an amazing promise from the Lord! He is always there with us; we are never alone. Such an amazing peace from God comforted and quieted my lonely heart when I turned my focus to Him and His promises, which we find all throughout the Word.
Now when thoughts of feeling unwanted by my friends surface, I now remind myself that Jesus is the best friend I will ever have. If you struggle with loneliness, I encourage you to go through the scriptures and write down the verses that speak of God’s promise against loneliness. Remember: Whenever we are feeling lonely, we must recall and claim the promises of God.