2 Timothy 4:9-18

“And lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen. Matthew 28:20

There is a critical difference between solitude and loneliness. Solitude is a time of being alone that is enjoyed for its peace and calm. Loneliness is a time of being alone, but with an aching sense of separation and being cut off from the possibility of fellowship.

At the end of his ministry, shortly before he was put to death, Paul felt a sense of loneliness in prison. He had been imprisoned before, but that time was different. Certain individuals who had labored beside him faithfully no longer supported him, and Paul felt abandoned. Still, in the midst of great emotional pain, Paul recognized that God was with him: “The Lord will deliver me from every evil deed, and will bring me safely to His heavenly kingdom; to Him be the glory forever and ever” (2 Timothy 4:18 NASB).

If you are feeling lonely, admit your emotions to the Lord. He knows what you are going through, and He wants to be the One to fill that void. At some point, God will use others to meet some of your desires for meaningful relationships. But first and foremost, He wants you to recognize Him as your ultimate Provider.

Friendships with people will come and go. People change and are sometimes selfish. Only the Lord will be there for you without fail. Jesus reassured us, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).

Lord, fill the lonely void in my life, and help me realize You are always with me.

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