We are all so much together, but we are all dying of loneliness.
We have all experienced the ache of loneliness.
It can cut to the deepest core of our being. It can be intensely painful.
Relieving our loneliness is much harder than we expect. Just being surrounded by people does not cure loneliness. Having crowds around us can sometimes make our loneliness feel even more intense.
And being married does not necessarily cure loneliness. In fact, the loneliness that can occur within marriage can be especially painful.
When we can’t cure our loneliness, we try to distract ourselves from the pain. Many people hope to gain relief through alcohol, drugs, immorality, or other unhealthy choices. But these are only temporary escapes, and they often cause even greater loneliness.
World-renown apologist Ravi Zacharias¹ points out that there is only one lasting cure to loneliness:
What an incredible truth!
Loneliness is separation. We can experience separation physically, socially, and spiritually. This loss of connection can be devastating and crippling.
This explains why resentment is toxic to us. When we are bitter, we experience separation from another man or woman, as well as from God. Failing to forgive brings the pain of loneliness and isolation.
Image a relationship spectrum. At one end of the spectrum, there is complete isolation, total separation, and all-consuming loneliness.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, there is ultimate relationship. This is the place of true worship.
This is relationship at the fullest. As an expression of knowing God in spirit and in truth, we worship Him, and we yield to His knowing us fully.
There is no loneliness in that.