To be alone can have two different meanings. It can signify the solitary state of life devoid of contact with anyone else. Or it can mean unique, being without equal.
There are times when we feel separated from all other people. The crush of humanity may press against our very flesh yet we feel emotionally or mentally isolated. It is as if we are tuned to a radio frequency no one else is receiving. In such times, depression can easily transcend from stranger to first-name basis. To be alone, to sense no one else understands or cares may choke the very joy out of living.
Romans 14:7,8--For none of us lives to himself, and no one dies to himself. If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.
Are we truly alone? If we belong to the family of God—there is no separation from Him! His Holy Spirit resides in us—2 Corinthians 3:16. Jesus wants us to understand this. He shared to the Jews in John 8:29, “The One who sent Me is with Me. He has not left Me alone, because I always do what pleases Him.” Just as God did not abandon Jesus when He left heaven to serve on earth, so He will not abandon us when we place our trust in Him. Though you may feel alone, God promises He is with you.
We are always alone in our uniqueness. No one else shares my fingerprint, my personality, my looks, my thoughts or my soul. I either thank God He loved me enough to make me this way or I complain, unappreciative of His creative work. God also is alone. We discover in Revelation 15:4, “Lord, who will not fear and glorify Your name? Because You alone are holy, for all the nations will come and worship before You because Your righteous acts have been revealed.”
Are you alone? Thank God for it! He’s right there with you!
Alone with God! It is there that what is hid with God is made known—God’s ideals, God’s hopes, God’s doings.—Oswald Chambers in Christian Disciplines
In the total expanse of human life there is not a single square inch of which the Christ, who alone is sovereign, does not declare, “That is mine!”—Abraham Kuyper, Dutch theologian, (1837-1920)
The person who tries to live alone will not succeed as a human being. His heart withers if it does not answer another heart. His mind shrinks away if he hears only the echoes of his own thoughts and finds no other inspiration.—Pearl S. Buck, author, (1892-1973)
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Ecclesiastes 12:10-The Teacher sought to find delightful sayings and to accurately write words of truth. (Holman CSB)