Isaiah 40:28-29 KJV
Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
God has created us as social creatures that desire fellowship with other people. We, as human beings, cannot be truly happy unless the basic need of friendship or companionship is met. Many people become extremely lonely during the holiday season leading them down the road to depression and hopelessness. The feeling of loneliness can stem from a deeper problem–––not maintaining a proper relationship with God and with other people. Some people are hurt deeply from those that can help encourage but choose not to–––leaving people feeling rejected and lonely.
For those of you who have tried to reach out to the lonely in your own time of need, but have been rejected in your attempt to encourage; love them anyway and be their friend. John 15:17 says: “These things I command you, that ye love one another.” Love them and rejoice in the Lord with and for them. Aim for restoration and you will be gaining a beloved friend. Bear their burdens fulfilling the whole law of Christ (Galatians 6:2) and continue to share the Great Comforter with them. He knows and understands what it means to be rejected and the pain that comes from being forsaken. “He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;...” (Isaiah 53:3).
Have you been an example or a stumbling block to the people closest to you who are hurting and lonely? Have you communicated that you are sincerely interested in them and their needs? “As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith" (Galatians 6:10).
Lord, help me to see those that are hurting and never be weary in well doing.