Pastor Ed’s Recommendations for Loneliness January 28, 2021
Experts in human emotions have compiled a list of 288 fears. They examined them all and narrowed 288 to the 6 most common fears. Here’s the list: fear of poverty, criticism, illness, loneliness, old age, and death. Loneliness might be solitary feelings that come and go. Loneliness can erupt in a real panic. Conversely, a soul may just take loneliness as it is and win an emotional victory. Loneliness can be overcome best with an “Anchor” of the soul.
That soul was Job [pronounce his name jobe]. He had it all—a good wife, mother of 7 boys and 3 daughters, and had a huge farm loaded with 17,000 livestock. Job and his wife heard from his hired hands that all his livestock was stolen. He was richer than anyone in the Middle East about 4,000 years ago. His sons and daughters were ages about 10 to 30. Suddenly, while his children were celebrating a birthday, an awful tornado crusted totally. All 10 died. Falling to his knees with tears flowing, Job prayed, “The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.”
Besides such horrific losses, Satan infected his body with running sores, scabs, tropic fevers, blackened skin, and almost 40% weight loss. For months his wife and 3 friends could hardly recognize him. At first, the 3 sat in silent loneliness. Job wished he had never been born. As it often goes, their unwanted advice was extremely painful, unkind, and had false accusations making his suffering worse. His wife suffered depression. Some help!?
Job had an Anchor who helped him to survive loneliness. His Anchor described this man as “blameless, upright, and feared [with reverence] God and shunned evil.” If you think that he was an angel for those dreary months, sorry. Job was human. He confessed this: “But He knows the way that I take; when He has tested me, I shall come forth like gold, my foot has held fast to His steps, I have kept His way and not turned aside. I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my food.” Job 23:10-12
In the end, God the Anchor blessed Job (healed 100%) and his wife by granting double and more than they had before. If you and I trust in God, we can have victory over loneliness. The LORD can be our Anchor!
Loneliness in the 19th century, yes. “It can be an affliction more harrowing than homelessness, hunger, or disease,” wrote Maggie Fergusson in The Economist’s1843 magazine.
Loneliness in the 21st century: the British government was/is seeking a person to become an “Official of Loneliness.” Believe this or not! What has brought this to an issue and problem? Britain’s idea will not work.
America’s motto: “In God We Trust”— a majority in our country does not.
Leaving God out our lives, we have no ANCHOR.
THE PROBLEM can be lessened when we repent of our sins, believe Jesus Christ as our Savior and Friend. Read the Bible, the Acts of the Apostles 3:19-20 for the cure.
Pastor Ed Anderson