“He replied, ‘I have been very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant…. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.’”1 Kings 19:14
Another key part of loneliness—the loneliness that is at the root of much of depression—is estrangement from others. We feel our friends have forsaken us and that no one understands us. Elijah felt similarly alone in this world. But he was reminded by the Lord that there were 7,000 others who had not bowed to Baal.
When God saved you from your sin, He didn’t just save you individually. He saved you as part of a family. This is one of the reasons we go to Sunday worship and engage in regular Christian fellowship. We not only want to hear from the Lord through His Word, but also we want and need our brothers and sisters to steady us when we are stumbling and to encourage us along the way.
To keep us isolated from our brothers and sisters, Satan feeds us the vicious lie that we are alone. Don’t hear of it! God gives you others, bound by the blood of Christ, to support you in this broken world. You are only as alone as you tell yourself you are. Open your heart to your Christian family and let Christ love you through them!
1 Kings 19:9-18
“There is a brotherhood within the body of believers, and Jesus Christ is the common denominator. Friendship and fellowship are its legal tender.” (J. Vernon McGee, 1955)
Bible In A Year
- Nehemiah 8-9
- Psalm 35
- Mark 14