Many people’s perception of isolation is the person sitting at home – alone, with a hot drink on a Saturday night and no friends. Whilst this mental image can reflect isolation, being alone is very different to being in the state of loneliness. Also, some think that if you ‘hang out’ with people who are ‘loners’ you can become infected somehow – ridiculous. In fact, I believe it’s the people who are super-busy in this life, that are the one’s perpetuating isolation.
Mostly driven by success, wealth and in many cases to exceed man’s expectations, the super-busy lifestyle can leave the rest of us breathless! They are quite simply too busy to interact and those who cannot keep up, after all they are always catching up! Also, their intolerance of those of us who go at a slower pace, increases our chances of never getting to know them! Their world is one whose ethos is to keep up or be left behind.
Nowadays, more than ever, it is essential that as created beings we examine what God says about the value of one and above all inherit His true compassion. If you open Ecclesiastes – it’s located about half-way through the Old Testament – you will read about the importance of two…Chapter 4:9-10.
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.”
Likewise, at the very end of verse 12 you will also read about the strength of three persons,
“A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.”
However, prior to this the Word is very particular about when a person is alone. It teaches us that these struggles are more difficult if you are alone. In Verses 8 and 12 it also tells us this – that someone who is alone is miserable, indefensible and easily overpowered.
“This too is meaningless—a miserable business!….Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.”
While Ecclesiastes frowns upon man’s solitude and encourages fellowship, we must understand the difference between singleness and loneliness. God goes to great lengths to reassure us that we as singular, unique human beings have value. We are independent, created in different way with gifts and abilities We think, feel and above all have worth to God. Therefore, when we have God with us, we are never alone or lonely. Contemplate the following verses:
“Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Luke 12:7
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.” Psalm 139:13
What the bible also teaches us is this…you are never really truly alone. You always have your Creator with you. Jesus reassured us before He ascended to heaven…
“…and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Matthew 28:20