I am single. I am a pastor. Both of those things can lead to feelings of loneliness and isolation. There are even times when I have felt alone when I was in a crowd. Have you? I have had to deal with my fair share of loneliness and at times even despondency. It has been during those times that I have searched the Bible for verses that will help me when I am feeling lonely. It is not a sin or lack of faith when you are feeling lonely. It is part of our human nature and Jesus totally understands. So I want to share with you some of the scriptures that have helped me when I have a season of feeling lonely or alone.
Featured Memory Verse:
Isaiah 62:4 Never again will you be called “The Forsaken City” or “The Desolate Land.” Your new name will be “The City of God’s Delight” and “The Bride of God,” for the LORD delights in you and will claim you as his bride.
Bible Verses About Dealing With Loneliness
Remember, that the Bible is God’s love letter to us. When you read these scripture quotes concerning loneliness remember that it is God speaking to your heart. I hope and pray that as you do read these verses, your feelings of loneliness, desolation and despondency will lift.
5 No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you.
9 You know what I long for, Lord;
you hear my every sigh.
4 Even when I walk
through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid,
for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff
protect and comfort me.
1 O Lord, you have examined my heart
and know everything about me.
2 You know when I sit down or stand up.
You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.
6 God places the lonely in families;
he sets the prisoners free and gives them joy.
But he makes the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.
Scriptures Showing God Sees You Are Lonely
3 He heals the brokenhearted
and bandages their wounds.
18 The Lord is close to the brokenhearted;
he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.
16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you.
1 Samuel 12:22
22 The Lord will not abandon his people, because that would dishonor his great name. For it has pleased the Lord to make you his very own people.
18 No, I will not abandon you as orphans—I will come to you.
35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.”) 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.
38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. 39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.
15 What’s more, I am with you, and I will protect you wherever you go. One day I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have finished giving you everything I have promised you.”
Verses Showing Jesus Being Alone
23 After sending them home, he went up into the hills by himself to pray. Night fell while he was there alone.
Late that night, the disciples were in their boat in the middle of the lake, and Jesus was alone on land.
32 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.
46 At about three o’clock, Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eli, Eli,[a] lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”
As you can see, Jesus knows what it is alike to feel alone and abandoned. You can be confident that as you go to Him with your feelings that you will not be rejected or look down upon. He truly does understand what you are feeling.
Some final thoughts on loneliness
There are times when you need to be alone. These are times when God is teaching you to depend upon Him instead of other people. However a lifestyle of being alone is not good. You need to reach out and connect with other people. God said that it is not good for man to be alone. I would just like to encourage you to take a step out. Find some Christian friends. Allow God to place you into His family that He has for you.
Reference: Holy Bible. New Living Translation copyright© 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.