“Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.”
We were designed for community. Created in the image of a relational God, our hearts crave connection. When deep bonds are missing, we panic. As I write this, the coronavirus pandemic is raging and has raised our feelings of panic. With both voluntary and state-mandated social distancing, many are feeling isolated and lonely. Even though we try to stay connected through social media and online video calls, it’s not the same. We miss authentic, in-person community.
The psalmist David had his lonely moments as well. Isolated and running from King Saul, David had reason to feel lonely. Yet David wrote these profound words to address our loneliness: “For you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you” (Ps. 9:10). The writer of Hebrews echoes this truth and reminds us that God says, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Heb. 13:5).
Friend, as you read this, you might be suffering and feeling isolated. You might be grieving the loss of a loved one, job, security, or home and feel like you have no one who understands. I have good news for you: you are not alone! Our Savior came into our sorrow and suffering, and He has promised that He will never leave us—no matter what comes our way. He understands the grief in your heart and the sorrow in your soul. You are not alone. He is with you. You have a 24/7 companion through the trials of life.
by Becky Harling
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