Ponder this question for a moment: “What is the very first bad thing recorded in the Bible?”

Are you ready for the answer?

It’s loneliness.

Genesis 2:18 records God seeing that man was alone, and that he needed a mate, someone to share his life with. Up until this time, everything God saw was pronounced “good” or “very good.” This is the first recorded instance of something being “not good!”

We live in an age dominated by “social” media, and are busier and more connected to more people than ever before in history- yet somehow loneliness still prevails. Why do you suppose it is that we are constantly on our phones or watching TV or listening to music? Is it because we can’t fathom the thought of being alone with ourselves and our thoughts?

We are created with an innate need for intimacy with both God and with others. Yet our sin nature hinders our ability to achieve either, and loneliness ensues. Loneliness can become debilitating since those who suffer from it often feel insecure, inadequate, restless, and confused.

They may have trouble concentrating and are easily distracted because their minds are divided. Therefore, they often end up wasting time and wonder why they seem stuck and can’t overcome their feelings of loneliness. But for Christians, there is a way to triumph over this devastating emotion.

Jesus offered this invitation to those who feel weighed down by life’s burdens: Come unto me, all yethat labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.For my yoke iseasy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

This is a truth lonely people need to take to heart because they are carrying a heavy emotional weight. Those who come to Jesus will find that He is sufficient to lift their burden and guide them through times of loneliness. But people who reject Christ’s invitation often turn to solutions that are no help at all. Despite their efforts, the heavy feeling of loneliness remains.

As Christians, we have a Savior who understands our weakness since He knows what it’s like to feel lonely. When He was on the cross bearing the penalty for our sins, He felt separated from His Father and cried out, “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken Me?” (Matthew 11:46) Like Jesus, we cannot escape all feelings of loneliness, but if we’ve trusted Him as our Savior, we can count on the fact that He is always with us no matter how we feel.

David Jeremiah wrote: “When missionary Amy Carmichael went to India, she suffered from acute, prolonged loneliness and homesickness. The other missionaries tried to be kind to her, but they were busy and had their own interests. One day, Amy’s condition became almost intolerable, and when her mail arrived, she ran into the house, into her bedroom. Locking the door, she knelt by her bed. There she opened her letters and read them aloud, one by one, to her heavenly Father. The gloom lifted, and her loneliness vanished. She felt she now had a Friend with whom to share her news, her experiences, her thoughts, and all her feelings.”

Let yourconversation bewithout covetousness; and becontent with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.  Hebrews 13:5

When we feel lonely, we feel as though we don’t belong or that no one cares. We feel unloved or unwanted. First, recognize that those are most likely lies from Satan to discourage and isolate you. Then, remember that amazing promise that God has promised to NEVER leave us.

No matter how painful the situation; no matter how alone we feel- God is there. Loneliness can be overcome in time. We commit ourselves to Him and take comfort in His presence, knowing He is always with us!