OVERCOMING THE FEAR OF LONELINESS (1) - “The Lord…will never leave you nor forsake you.” Dt 31:6 NIV
To overcome the fear of loneliness you must: (1) Understand who you are. Let scientists argue about whether or not there was a “big bang.” If there was, you were not the result of it! Nor did you descend from an amoeba in a pond. You are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Ps 139:14-15). Made “in his own image” (Ge 1:27). God didn’t assign your creation to His most powerful angels. You’re a hands-on, made-to-order, one-of-a-kind product. As a redeemed child of God you are His “workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works” (Eph 2:10 NIV). Believe that and stand on it—regardless of your feelings or your social status. (2) Understand who God is. He calls Himself your “Heavenly Father,” not just your creator and designer. Your creator and designer refer to what He does; your Father refers to who He is. “He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace” (Isa 9:6 NIV). These aren’t His roles, they’re His proper names. They are capitalized in Scripture because they are what you are to call Him! When Jesus taught us to pray He didn’t begin with “O, omnipotent, omnipresent, omniscient God.” Yes, He’s all of those, but when it comes to us He wants to be recognized and called “Father” (Mt 6:9). That’s how He thinks about us, and wants us to think and to feel about Him. “Father” is meant to convey warmth, security, acceptance, concern, compassion, protection, assurance, provision, etc. He’s your Father—when you grasp the truth of that you will begin to overcome the fear of loneliness.
Published on Sunday, January 8, 2012 @ 9:51 AM CDT