You are listening to "All the Lonely People," by America
"Alone in the City" by Rik Berry Used by permission.
"In November, a landlord entered the Bonn, Germany apartment of Wolfgang Dircks when rent invoices to Dircks' bank stopped being paid. The landlord found a skeleton in a chair in front of a television set (in the 'on' position but now out of order) and beside still-twinkling Christmas lights and a TV program guide from Dec. 5, 1993. Since no one had seen Dircks in years, authorities declared that to be his date of death." -- Memphis Flyer, 12/22/98
"Look to my right and see; no one is concerned for
Loneliness has long been the topic of poetry and song, whether rock, country, etc. From Janis Joplin's "All is Loneliness" to Yoko Ono's "Loneliness" (below), the inner cry of the spirit is for fellowship. "No man is an island."Loneliness
There are many things in life I can endure
How could I stand loneliness, loneliness
All is Loneliness
Every day when I walk home
There ain't no hideaway from here, man...
Misc. Facts on Loneliness:
If you feel lonely, you are not alone! Over 23.6 million people in the U.S. live alone, according to US Census Bureau figures. (38% are elderly.) In 1950, 10% of households consisted of just one person. In 1994, this number has increased to 24%.
It was God (not a complaining Adam) who declared, "It is not good for the man to be alone..." And that was before the fall!
"...He that follows after Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life!" (John 8:12)
1996 by Diane S.
1. God Himself recognized fellowship as a valid need.
2:18 "The Lord God said, 'It is not good for
the man to be alone...'"
1 Cor 12:21 "The eye cannot
say to the hand, 'I don't need you!' ..."
Psa 25:16 "Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely...."
Psa 102:7 "l lie awake; I have become like a bird alone on a roof."
"Look to my right and see; no one is concerned
for me. I have
1 Tim 5:5 "The widow who is
really in need and left all alone puts
Mk 1:35 "Very early in the morning,
while it was still dark Jesus
should be often - as a habit, not a last result; as the rule,
Luk 5:16 "But Jesus
often withdrew to lonely places and prayed."
Gen 32:24 "So Jacob was
left alone, and a man wrestled with him
"... but Moses alone is to approach the Lord; the others
"Jesus ... stayed outside in lonely places.
Yet the people
1 Ki 19:9,
11 [Elijah] "went into a cave and spent the
Dan 10:8 "So I was left
alone, gazing at this great vision; I had no
Mk 4:10, 34 "When he was alone,
the Twelve and the others
Luk 9:36 "When the voice had spoken,
they found that Jesus
III. To a degree, solitude is to
be sought. (There is a difference between
14:13 "When Jesus heard what had happened, he
14:23 "After he had dismissed them, he went
up on a
1:35 "Very early in the morning, while it was
still dark, Jesus
1:45 "Jesus could no longer enter a town openly
Luk 4:42 "At daybreak Jesus went out to a solitary place..."
Luk 5:16 "But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed."
Jn 6:15 "Jesus, knowing that they
intended to come and make him
1. Jesus often had to evade the crowds.
Mat 14:13 "When Jesus ... withdrew
... to a solitary place.. . the
Mk 7:24 "Jesus... entered a house and did not want anyone to know it....."
"At daybreak Jesus went out to a solitary place.
Mk 6:30-32 "The apostles
gathered around Jesus and reported to
A. Physical disease.
Lev 13:46 "As long as he has the infection
he .... must live alone;
1 Sam 1:2 "... Peninnah had children, but Hannah had none."
Job 29:12 "
... the poor who cried for help, and the fatherless
27:10 "Though my father and mother forsake me,
the Lord will
4:8 "There was a man all alone; he had neither
son nor brother.
1 Tim 5:5
"The widow who is really in need and left all
"Know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself;
1. The prophet Jeremiah "sat
alone" as a result of the critical message
Jer 15:17 "I never sat in the company of revelers,
never made merry
1 Ki 19:3-5,
Acts 15:38 "But Paul did not think
it wise to take him, because he
Tim 1:15 "You know that everyone in the province
of Asia has
Tim 4:10 "For Demas, because he loved this world,
Tim 4:16 "At my first defense, no one came to
my support, but
a. The same crowd that one day "listened to him with delight"
b. Throughout his ministry and, ultimately, on the cross,
"Scorn has broken my heart and has left me
14:54 "Peter followed him at a distance..."
Jn 8:59 "...they
picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus
16:32; 1 Peter 2:4
"...rejected by men but chosen by God ..."
"And everyone who has left houses or brothers
"Blessed are you when men hate you, when
"Now Jesus himself had pointed out that a prophet
V. God has a solution for loneliness.
A. Draw near to God. (Scripture provides us with
Deut 31:6, 8 "Be strong and courageous...
The Lord himself ... will be
22:1, 11, 16 "... My God, my God, why have you
Jn 8:16, 29
"... I am not alone.... The one who sent me
is with me; he
"But a time is coming, and has come, when you
"... As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never
Jas 4:4 "Draw near to God and he will draw near to you."
"... God has said, 'Never will I leave you;
14:26 "The Lord had seen how bitterly everyone
in Israel ...
Psa 34:18; 55:22; 103:13
72:12 "For he will deliver the needy who cry
out, the afflicted who
41:17 "The poor and needy search ... But I the
Lord will answer them;
Isa 42:16 "I will lead the blind by ways
they have not known, along
49:13-16 "... the Lord comforts his people and
will have compassion
1 Pet 5:7 "... Cast all your cares upon Him, because He cares for you."
4. God alone can meet our deepest needs.
"... My soul finds rest in God alone..."
Heb 2:18; Mk 15:34
Psa 68:6 "God sets the lonely in families..."
Gen 2:18 "The Lord
God said, 'It is not good for the man to be
"Isaac ... married Rebekah. So she became his wife, and
"If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the
7:6 "But God, who
comforts the downcast, comforted us by
2 Corin 1:3-7
Corin 1:3-7 "We can comfort others with the
Psa 25:16; 102:7; 142:4
Mat 14:23 "After
he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside
8:29 "For Jesus had commanded the evil spirit
to come out of the
a. Job felt so misunderstood
and rejected by his friends, he wanted
"I despise my life; I would not live forever. Let me alone;
b. Elijah felt so alone he wanted to die.
1 Ki 19:3-5
"Elijah was afraid and ran for his life ...
he himself went
c. Because of
his isolation, Jeremiah said he wished he had never been
15:17 "I never sat in the company of revelers,
"Cursed be the day I was born! May the day
d. The psalmist expressed
Eccl 4:8 "There
was a man all alone; he had neither son nor brother.
Psa 42:5, 6, 11; 43:5
unwillingness to answer to anyone may stem from a root
desire to remain anonymous may be motivated by a guilty
D. It is a deception
of the enemy, to get us away from the rest of the flock
12:21 "The eye cannot say to the hand, 'I don't
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