Loneliness: The Cause And Cure
I am not alone. I stand with the Father (John 8:16).
Do you know who are the most lonely people in our society? According to a survey, college students rated number one. Divorced people are number two.
Statistics also show that there are many more people living in single-person units today than there were 20-30 years ago.
Loneliness is on the increase, and human efforts to solve it fall way short.
We must trace the problem back to where it began -- to Adam and Eve -- if we are to find a lasting solution to this chronic emptiness.
In the beginning, Adam and Eve had each other, so they were not socially lonely. They communed daily with God, their Creator, so they were not spiritually lonely.
Then they disobeyed God and sinned by eating the forbidden fruit. Socially, Adam and Eve still had each other. But spiritually, they lost the comforting presence of the Lord, and mankind has felt this spiritual emptiness ever since.
Today, many people are married or have close family members or fiends, so they are not socially lonely. But they are spiritually lonely because, as with Adam and Eve, sin has separated them from their Creator.
There is a famous quotation with varying wording and controversial origin, and it is often attributed to sixteenth-century philosopher Blaise Pascal, which may be questionable. But the quotation is nonetheless a truism: "There is a god-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man [and woman] that cannot be filled by any created thing but only by the Creator made known through Jesus Christ."
Only our Lord Jesus, the Son of God, crucified, resurrected, and ascended into heaven, can fill that vacuum and cure human loneliness.
A young Jewish boy named Isadore seemingly had the most monotonous, lonely job in the city of Toronto -- selling newspapers on the busy street corners. Even though he sold hundreds of papers a day, he never enjoyed a single conversation with his regular customers and was a very lonely person. That is, until he met Jesus. After his conversion, Isadore began to tuck a gospel tract into every one of his newspapers. Soon he was talking with one out of every ten customers about the Lord Jesus. His face was radiant. He no longer felt lonely. Instead, he found great joy in sharing his newfound faith with everyone he could.
If you ever feel lonely, tell someone about Jesus!
Yours for fulfilling the Great Commission each year until our Lord returns,
The late Dr. Bill Bright was Founder and President/Chairman Emeritus of Campus Crusade for Christ, an organization which began as a campus ministry in 1951 and now has more than 27,000 full-time staff and up to 500,000 trained volunteer staff in 196 countries in areas representing 99.6 percent of the world's population. In the past 50 years, Campus Crusade for Christ has seen approximately 6 billion exposures to the gospel worldwide. The film, "JESUS," which Bright conceived and funded through Campus Crusade for Christ, is the most widely translated and viewed film of any type ever produced. Since its use began in 1980, the film has been translated into 839 languages and viewed or listened to by over 5.7 billion people in 228 countries. Dr. Bright was also the author of more than fifty books. Visit campuscrusade.com for more details
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