An Answer for Loneliness
An Amazing Fact: In spite of our expertise in staying “connected” these days, more of us are feeling lonely than ever before. A recent survey by the national crisis-line charity Lifeline found that nearly two-thirds of Australians report often feeling lonely.
Are you lonely? Probably almost everyone is at some point in their life; but what can be a bothersome but transient emotion for some becomes an all-too-frequent companion for others. It’s not only people who live alone who are lonely, either. It’s quite possible to feel lonely even among those who love you.
Clearly, loneliness can lead to depression and other emotional disorders. And researchers have found that long-term loneliness impacts not only our mental wellbeing but also our physical health. For instance, people who are chronically lonely are more likely to suffer from heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and many other conditions and illnesses. Part of the reason is that loneliness tends to downgrade the immune system and increase inflammation in the body.
To conquer loneliness, it’s helpful to broaden your social life and try to develop good relationships with others. It’s also important to find someone in whom you can confide. Human friendship is essential, yet we can’t always depend on human friends in every circumstance.
But there is One who is always ready to listen and to help you. God promises, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). You can safely pour out your heart to Him. As long as you desire His presence, He will never leave you to fend for yourself. “For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you’ ” (Hebrews 13:5). Life is full of situations that can leave you feeling alone and insecure, but be assured that God is with you at all times. Even if those closest to your heart turn away, the God of love will remain with you, safeguard you, and tenderly look after your needs.