Loneliness and the Lord

We all know from experience what loneliness feels like.  Sometimes it even happens to us when we are not alone.  Do you know why?  It’s because we have taken our eyes off Jesus and put them on something else.   

The loneliest people in the world are those who look to anything smaller than God to do what only He can do.  They find their worth in their work.  They find their identity in their income.  They find their meaning in their marriage.  They find their comfort in their children.  They find their happiness in their hobby.  They find their rest in their recreation.  They find their might in their ministry.  Even when they seemingly get what they are looking for, they are still left empty, wanting, and lonely.  So what’s the solution?  The Letter to the Hebrews exhorts:

Since we are surrounded by so great cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.  (Hebrews 12:1-2)

Far too many in the church today cast only passing glances at our Lord.  But the author of Hebrews tells us to look to Jesus, not merely glance at Jesus.  The text implies that we are to look to Jesus and away from everything else, making Him the great object of our thought, words, deeds, and desires.  (The New American Standard Bible translates Hebrews 12:2 as a directive to be “fixing our eyes on Jesus.”) In looking to Jesus, we are depending on Jesus for everything that matters in both life and death.  And when we are depending on Jesus, we are depending on the only One who can remove the loneliness that grips so many most of the time, and all of us some of the time.

So . . . are you sensing any loneliness in your life right now?  If you are, make sure the eyes of your soul are focused in the right direction!  Jesus is not only the author of your faith—the One who began a good work, but He is also the finisher of your faith—the One who will bring it to a perfected completion.  We all must remember every day that we are the joy that was set before Him; it was for that joy that He endured the unimaginable agony of the cross.  With that Gospel truth in view, loneliness is as far from us as the east is from the west!

The marvelous old hymn, Looking Unto Jesus, is a great way to close out today’s message. 

Looking unto Jesus,
Never need we yield!
Over all the armor,
Faith the battle-shield!

In our hearts unfurled,
Let its elevation
Overcome the world. 

Look away to Jesus,
Look away from all!
Then we need not stumble,
Then we shall not fall.

From each snare that lureth,
Foe or phantom grim,
Safety this ensureth,
Look away to Him.

 Looking into Jesus,
Wond’ringly we trace
Heights of power and glory,
Depths of love and grace.

Vistas far unfolding
Ever stretch before,
As we gaze, beholding,
Ever more and more. 

Looking up to Jesus
On the emerald throne,
Faith shall pierce the heavens,
Where our King is gone.

Lord, on Thee depending,
Now, continually,
Heart and mind ascending,
Let us dwell with Thee.

  This is the Gospel.  This is grace for your race.  NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!


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One response to “Loneliness and the Lord

  1. Hey Coach,
    I love reading your message, it is so refreshing. Praying for your new location and start of new classes.
    Jackie Doyle

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