July 18 Alienation

Scripture Reading: Psalm 25

Key Verse: Hebrews 13:5

Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

It seems the more populated our neighborhoods, cities, and planet become, the lonelier we feel. The mobility of our people, the high rate of divorce, the bent toward individualism, the time- and energy-consuming drives for success—all contribute to the increasing sense of alienation from one another. The consequences are serious: depression, superficial relationships, lethargy, stunted spiritual growth—even suicide.

If you are lonely and some of these characteristics describe you, there is hope. You can take active steps that will improve your situation since God has made you to enjoy Himself and influence others.

The beginning is a true understanding of your worth and value. Others may not notice you, but you are the apple of God’s eye (Deut. 32:10). So much loneliness stems from feelings of insecurity and inferiority.

You are important (Isa. 43:4). You are made in the image of God (Gen. 1:26). You are His workmanship, unique and special (Eph. 2:10).

You can believe these truths from the Word of God because they are true. Allow the Lord Jesus Christ to change your self-image by viewing yourself as He does (Rom. 12:2).

Lord, others may not notice me, but I am not alienated from You. I am made in Your image. I am Your unique and special workmanship. Help me view myself as You see me.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 209). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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