Daily Devotional: How to stop feeling lonelyMay 16, 2019
O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be ashamed; for I put my trust in Thee. Psalm 25:20
You may be saved and yet feel incredibly lonely today. Here’s a practical pointer for overcoming your loneliness: Quit dwelling on it. Instead of dwelling on it—which would be the easy thing to do—reach out. Reach out to someone who’s lonely. You don’t have to look far to find them.
- Any nursing home, assisted-living, or retirement center would welcome your visit with open arms.
- A hospital with a neo-natal unit that allows volunteers would welcome you to come and rock some of these little ones when no one else can.
- Does your church have a food pantry? Does your city have a rescue mission?
It doesn’t even have to be that. On your street, in your neighborhood, are there elderly people living alone? How about a young person who needs a friend? What about in your Sunday School or Bible Fellowship class?
Luke 6:38 promises that when we give, it shall be given to us, and you’ll find out how true that is. There is a locked-in likeness to what we give. It is the law of the harvest. If you want friendship, you must show yourself friendly (see Proverbs 18:24). If you want to feel useful, be available for use.
Why not keep a stack of cards and a pen handy to write a little note of encouragement to a shut-in? Get a prayer list and intercede for others. Travel around the world by means of prayer. Jack Hyles, a great preacher, said, “There is no life so empty as a self-centered life, and there is no life so centered as a self-emptied life.” As you pour out yourself to others, the Holy Spirit will continually pour Himself into you.