Its been a long time since I wrote a blog post, but I felt inspired tonight to write. I want to talk about loneliness. It is an emotion that everyone experiences from time to time, but it's important to know that we are truly never alone. God is ALWAYS with us. Deuteronomy 31:6 says "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.
I want to focus on one aspect of loneliness in this post--the loneliness and hurt we feel when someone we trust abandons us or fails to meet our expectations of our relationship with that person. I will be honest...I sometimes struggle with trusting people and fearing they will abandon me. Abandonment, unfaithfulness, and broken trust are tough, emotional, experiences in life that can leave you scarred and cause you to be fearful of trusting anyone again. However, it does not have to be that way if we have the assurance that we are never truly alone when we have Christ in our life. God's not going anywhere. :)
People may leave at times. People may change. They may not turn out to be who you thought they were. Some friends may not be a true friends. Its not easy to experience these things. I know...but I also know an incredible, comforting, beautiful truth: God will NEVER leave me. God will never forsake me. He will never change, He will never abandon me, and He will never give up on me. We can trust God to be there for us no matter what and that He will keep His promises.
Now, I'm not saying that all people cannot be trusted. Those true family and friends who are trustworthy and reliable are real treasures. God gives us people like that for a reason, and we should be that type of person to others too. We need to pray for each other, fellowship together, provide comfort, consistently be there for one another, do life together, and sincerely care for each other! That's a true friend that we can trust.
Other people might abandon us at times or let us down, and that is extremely hard to handle. When you trust someone and expect them to be all they said they were or who you thought they were, that trust becomes broken. That relationship becomes tainted. We feel uneasy with that person because we cannot trust them again. Sometimes, we can see when a person is really sorry that they have broken your trust. We can forgive them and give them another chance. It will taken a lot of time to build that trust back up, but it is possible. However, sometimes people continuously let you down time and time again. We can still love these people in Christ and forgive them, but we can't really put our trust in them.
Thankfully, we can be sure that God will never break our trust in Him. He is trustworthy. He has proven that too us. God is always with us...He's there to listen, to help, to guide, to comfort, to love unconditionally, and to be the most amazing friend you could ever have! We sung a song in a worship service this morning and one of the verses that stuck out to me went along the lines of this: God has never failed us, and He won't start now. This is a beautiful truth...God will not fail us. EVER! What comfort it is to know that even when people may fail us, God will not--He loves us and wants what is best for us.
When people break our trust, abandon us, or leave us, we can confidently turn to God for comfort and guidance, knowing that He is always there and always will be there. We must "be strong and courageous," not "afraid or terrified" in these situations because we have no reason to fear. God knows what He is doing...He has wonderful plans for your life. Put your trust in Him. You won't regret it because our God is a God who will never abandon us. In Christ we are NEVER alone.