Contending with loneliness — Angus Buchan

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Isaiah 66:4 and Matthew 26:40

Without a doubt, one of the hardest things to contend with in this life is loneliness!

Our Heavenly Father also gets lonely, and desires fellowship with His people. But so often we are too busy to spend time in His presence, speaking with Him and in fellowship with Him.

Even in the Garden of Gethsemane when Jesus needed His disciples more than ever before, they were fast asleep.

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Don’t you and I do the same thing? So many times the Lord waits to hear from us early in the morning, to have time with us on His own. We are already too busy to speak with Him, we say a little prayer and then say to the Lord: “Tomorrow, Lord, I will spend time with You,” But, tragically, it never happens.

I have had a small taste of that loneliness over many years, when I have had to leave my family alone on the farm and travel overseas to preach the Gospel. After the meetings, I go to my hotel room alone, and sit there, and wonder what is happening back on the farm. There might be a time difference, and that is the time that I spend communing with my Lord. It is a particularly intimate time, because I feel that it is just Jesus and me and I have an opportunity then to pour my heart out, and to seek strength from Him alone.

He always reassures me that He has got everything under control, that He has put angels around that farm to protect my dear wife and children and that I have nothing to worry about. Then, I am able to preach the Gospel, knowing that He will take care of my family. It gives me incredible peace.

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You and I need to do the same. The more we spend time with Jesus, the less we will become lonely. Let’s start today.

Jesus bless you
Angus and Jill Buchan.

Jeremiah 33:3

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