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Being alone and being lonely are NOT the same! They are two totally different things. We can be ALONE without being LONELY, but on the other hand, we can be very LONELY in a crowd.
LONELINESS is a state of mind, an emotion, a feeling, brought on by inner feelings of being separated from other people. The sense of isolation is very deeply felt by anyone who is lonely.
The Hebrew word translated desolate or lonely in the Old Testament means one alone, one who is forsaken, wretched. There is no deeper sadness that ever comes over the mind than the idea that we are alone in the world, that we do not have a friend, that no one cares for us, that no one is concerned about anything that might happen to us, that no one would care if we were to die, that no one would shed a tear over our grave.
It is possible that no one felt loneliness more deeply than David. In a series of earnest, heartfelt appeals to God, David cried out in his loneliness and despair. His own son was risen up against him, the men of Israel went after him, and he was forced to flee from the city, and leave his house and family.
Psalm 25:16 Turn thee unto me, and have mercy upon me; for I am desolate and afflicted. (KJV) . . . Lonely and afflicted, David’s only way out was to turn to God and plead for mercy and God’s intercession.
Psalm 25:21 Let integrity and uprightness preserve me; for I wait on thee. (KJV) . . . David’s only hope was to be found in God.
The word “lonely” is not used in the New Testament to describe people. In the New Testament, the Greek word “lonely” is only found twice and both times, it refers to desolate places, when Jesus moved off into the wilderness to be alone.
Mark 1:45 But he went out, and began to publish it much, and to blaze abroad the matter, insomuch that Jesus could no more openly enter into the city, but was without in desert places: and they came to him from every quarter. (KJV)
Luke 5:16 And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed. (KJV) . . . He = Jesus.
Whatever the cause of loneliness, for the Christian the cure is always the same . . . the comforting fellowship of Christ Jesus. That comforting relationship with our Master has reassured and encouraged uncountable thousands who suffered in prisons and even went to their deaths for His sake. Jesus is the Friend who “sticks closer than a brother” (Pro.18:24), who lays down His life for His friends (John 15:13-15), and who has promised never to leave us or forsake us (Heb.13:5), but to be with us until the end of the age (Mat.28:20).
The prophet Jeremiah lived in the last days of the crumbling nation of Israel. He was the last prophet that God sent to preach to the southern kingdom, which included the tribes of Judah and Benjamin. God had continually warned Israel to stop their idolatrous behavior, but they would not listen, so He tore the 12 tribes apart, sending the 10 northern tribes into captivity at the hands of the Assyrians. It was then God that sent Jeremiah to give Judah the final warning before He cast them out of the land, destroying the nation and sending them into captivity in the pagan kingdom of Babylon. Jeremiah was a faithful, God-fearing man, and was called to tell Israel that, because of their unrepentant sin, God had turned against them and was now prepared to remove them from the land at the hands of a pagan king whom He called “My servant” (Jer.25:9; 27:6).
Jeremiah, who was only about 17 when God called him, must have had great inner turmoil over the fate of his people, and he begged them to listen. He is known as “the weeping prophet ” (Jer.31:27-34), because he cried tears of sadness, not only because he knew what was about to happen, but because no matter how hard he tried, the people would not listen. Besides this, Jerimiah found no human comfort. God had forbidden him to marry or have children (Jer.16:1), and his friends had turned their backs on him. As a result, along with the burden of the knowledge of impending judgment, he also must have felt very lonely. God knew that this was the best course for Jeremiah, because He went on to tell him how horrible conditions would be in a short time, with babies, children, and adults dying “grievous” deaths, their bodies unable to even be buried, and their flesh devoured by the birds (Jer.16:3-4).
Clearly, the people of Israel had become so hardened by the numbing effects of sin (like today), that they no longer believed God, nor did they fear Him (like today). Jeremiah preached for 40 years, and not once did he see any real success in changing or softening the hearts and minds of his stubborn, idolatrous people. The other prophets of Israel had witnessed some successes, at least for a little while, but not so with Jeremiah. He must have felt like he was speaking to a brick wall; although, his words were not wasted. They were like pearls being cast before swine (Mat.7:6), and in a sense, and they were convicting every person who heard them and refused to heed the warning (like today).
Jeremiah tried to make the people understand their problem was a lack of belief, trust and faith in God, along with an absence of fear of God (like today) which caused them to take Him for granted. It is very easy to be lulled into a false sense of security, especially when the focus is not on God. The nation of Israel, just like many nations today, had simply stopped putting God first, and had replaced Him with false gods, deceitful gods encouraged by the devil, gods that would not make them feel guilty or convict them of sin. History repeats itself! It is happening today, worsening with each passing day.
God had delivered His people Israel, from bondage in Egypt, had performed tremendous miracles before them, including parting the waters of the sea for them to cross over on dry land (Ex.14:21). But, in spite of all the clear displays of God’s power, they soon returned to the false practices they had learned in Egypt, even making vows to the false “queen of heaven” (Jer.7:18 44:17-18,25), and too performing the other rites and rituals that were part of the Egyptian culture and religion. God finally turned them over to their idolatry.
Jeremiah had constant loneliness and the isolation finally got to him, and he was discouraged.
What we learn from the life of Jeremiah is the comfort of knowing that, just like every believer, even great people of God can experience rejection, depression and discouragement in their walk with the Lord. This is a normal part of growing spiritually, because our sinful nature fights against our new nature, that which is born of the Spirit of God, according to: Galatians 5:17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. (KJV) . . . But, just as Jeremiah learned, we too can know that the faithfulness of our God is endless; and even when we are unfaithful to Him, He remains firm and unwavering (2 Tim.2:13).
Jeremiah’s job was to deliver an unpopular, condemning message to Israel, one that caused him great mental anguish, as well as making him hated in the eyes of his people. God tells us that His Truth is “foolishness” to those who are lost, but to believers it is the clear-cut words of life (1 Cor.1:18). He also tells us that the time will come when people will not tolerate the truth (2 Tim.4:3-4). Paul’s prophecy has been fulfilled in our time. People in Israel in Jeremiah’s day did not want to hear what he had to say, and neither did those in Isaiah’s time (Isa.30:10-11); and the constant warning of judgment infuriated them. This is so true of the people today, as TRUE believers who are following God’s instructions are warning the lost and dying world of imminent judgment (Mat. 25:41,46). Even though most people today (Mat.7:13-14), are not listening, we must persist in proclaiming Truth in order to rescue some from the terrible judgment that will inevitably come.
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