Loneliness in the Path
"Help, Lord; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men."
Sometimes God leads us along lonely paths. He led Abraham out of the bustling city of Ur into the wilderness of Canaan. He led Ruth from her homeland to a place where Moabites were shunned and unwelcome. David’s flight from Saul separated the young man from both family and friends. Elijah cried in the wilderness, “Lord, I’ve faithfully followed You, but I’m now alone.” Paul often faced trouble alone when none stood with him.
Following the path of righteousness is hard, but walking it alone is even harder. The world calls more loudly when those around us join in the appeal. If only we had one companion to support us in our desire to follow hard after God! Instead, flatterers, liars, and manipulators surround us and tempt us to leave God’s path. These people laugh at the way of God and at anyone who follows it.
Above the world’s noise, God clearly calls to the lonely pilgrim. No matter how discouraged, the believer can find hope and joy through God’s Word. Lies and flattery fall flat, but the Word of God endures forever. God speaks to lonely travelers, calling them to turn to Him for fellowship during that lonely hour. Opposed by all, faithful followers still find sweet communion with God.
Final Thought: During times of loneliness, God invites you to find fellowship with Him.
CJ Harris is the managing editor for Positive Action, where he helps plan, develop, and launch Bible curricula for churches and schools. Having served as a youth pastor and Sunday School teacher, he has a passion for teaching young people about the glories of their God. A bit of a history buff, CJ received his Ph.D. in Church History in 2011, based on a study of Reformation-era missions philosophy. He and his wife—also a student and teacher of history—have two sons.