Never Walk Alone

Life can be difficult. As you walk through life, don’t go alone. God designed us to have companionship. You need at least a few reliable friends. Besides, being alone can be dangerous. The Bible cautions,

     “The Devil prowls around like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour.”
                                                                                                                            (1 Peter 5:8 ESV)

 Have you ever seen lions hunt? They run along the outer edge of a herd of animals looking for the one that is lame or straying from the group. That’s the one the lions will kill. So if the Devil acts like a lion when deciding who to destroy, be sure you are not a stray separated from the protection of the herd of God’s people. That is one of the good reasons to be connected with a church.  

Just don’t walk through life alone. The famous missionary from Calcutta, India, Mother Teresa put it this way,

     “The most terrible poverty is loneliness.”

 Poverty can be hard to overcome, but God has ways for you to step out of loneliness. The book of Proverbs contains a wealth of such wisdom. Chapter 18 in particular talks about loneliness. The first verse of Proverbs 18 says,
     “Whoever isolates himself…breaks out against all sound judgment.”  (ESV)

 It is not smart to push people away from you. There are answers for loneliness if others have rejected you, but don’t isolate yourself either.  

 So, are our families the answer to loneliness? They can be. Family, in God’s design, was meant to be a place of belonging, safety and love. Sadly, families may betray us, becoming more hurtful than helpful.

 The last verse of Proverbs 18 has encouragement that it can be better. It says, 
     “There is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”

 God intends for you to belong and to be loved, even if others including your own family push you away. As you follow Jesus, walk closely with others who are also following Him. Never walk alone. 

© 2014 Eric Thurman