in our age of easy connection, loneliness wouldn’t be on the rise. But psychologists are telling us it’s become an epidemic… a widespread disease affecting many at the same time. So what can we do to avoid it? How can we find help when we begin to see the symptoms of it in our own life?
First, we need to understand…
that God never intended us to live in isolation. He knew that aloneness was not healthy for our soul. Consider the Garden of Eden when He created woman, saying, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.” Genesis 2:18 NLT.
But all too often…
we find ourselves pulling away from relationships that offend or cause conflict. Or we go through a personal struggle that we consider our own… even claiming it like a possession. We say that, no one could possibly understand ‘my problem.’ But all that does is isolate us, taking us deeper and deeper into the pit of self-pity where our thoughts are not combatted by any wise input.
Instead, God desires…
we stay connected. Connected to others who will encourage us and challenge our faith. Connected to His truth, rather than the reasoning of the world. For God’s advises, ‘that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.’ 1 Corinthians 2:5 NKJV.
And instead of claiming our struggle as our own, let us hand it over to God, in faith. He never intended that we find our identity in the problem, but rather in Christ. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 2 Corinthians 5:17.
Yes loneliness is…
all too easy a pit to fall into. I know, as it’s been a great weakness in my life. But that’s why I recorded this episode, Warrior. So that even through our weaknesses… even through our struggles, we can learned to depend more and more on God.
Enjoy on the media player below, or on your favorite podcasting app.
If you learned meanignful lessons from this episode about Potiphar’s wife, you are likely to also enjoy the life of Esther. It is detailed in Episodes 019.How to Thrive in the Struggle, 020.Where Do I Find Security in Uncertain Times, 021.Does My Posture Matter to God?, and 022.How to Prepare for Your Answered Prayer.
I’ve also created an excellent resource about the truths of God that can transform and steady us when our thoughts get out of control. If you’re interested, here’s the link to 5 Truths that Transform: How to Stop the Waves of Crashing Thought.
Are you lonely? Do you feel as though no one fully understands what you’re going through? I’ll admit, I often struggle with feelings like that. In fact, on today’s podcast, I share a recent snapshot of my life where I became trapped in such a pit. It wasn’t pretty, but it sure gave me a better perspective on the life of our Warrior this week.
She is an unlikely choice. But I truly believe we can learn a great deal from her life, and the circumstances which surrounded her. Join me as we step into the world of Potiphar’s Wife. Yes, that’s right… the same woman who falsely accused Joseph, causing his imprisonment.
You won’t want to skip this one! It gets to the gritty reality of what can happen when we become wallowers instead of Warriors! Plus I’ll give some insight as to what we tend to grab onto during the lonely times and encouragement as to how to get out of the pit.
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