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Being Alone

This is the case of a man who is all alone, without a child or a brother, yet who works hard to gain as much wealth as he can. But then he asks himself, “Who am I working for? Why am I giving up so much pleasure now?” It is all so meaningless and depressing.

Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.

Ecclesiastes 4:8-12 New Living Translation (NLT)

In a world so full of people, it is astonishing when we call to mind the many people who are alone. The financial status of those living in seclusion is not the issue and has little to do with why so many people are by themselves. Neither wealth nor poverty are choices made to be alone but both can be reasons for isolation. Some may work hard for wealth, but this can become an obsession that keeps them separate from others based on their unwillingness to share their gain, even with those people who helped them to get it. Others struggle daily to just survive, hoping for a breakthrough or at least someone to love and struggle through life with them. Many of both these types of people (rich and poor) exist doing life alone on a planet God created to be populated by two people coming together. Something just isn't right about loneliness.

We were not created to be alone. Two people can help each other up. To share joy with someone brings more joy to them both. To share sorrow lessens the pain for them both. Teams are even better! As they say: "The more the merrier." Yet, it doesn't always work that way in this world. Fortunes are made by companies that sell devices designed for a person living alone to simply call for help if they fall down and can't get back up. Makes one wonder if those who make these gadgets got the idea from actually being alone.

God addressed the matter of it not being good for man to be alone just after He created him (Genesis 2:18). Yet, Jesus spoke of not being alone because the Father was with Him: But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when you will be scattered, each one going his own way, leaving me alone. Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me. (John 16:32)

The Holy Spirit resides in every heart that truly believes in Jesus Christ. Because of this, believers are never really alone. We can trust that God keeps a watchful eye on each of His children and is a constant presence in their lives. He knows those who are alone and if they need help from someone. As we follow God's command to love, He also knows the hearts of those who are available for Him to send to help them.

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