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It Is Not Good To Be Alone
Even before creation's work was complete, God made this profound declaration: It is not good for man to be alone. God has not changed and neither have man's basic needs. Long ago, some person unknown to me, coined the phrase: "No man is an island."  The world probably praised this person's brilliant mind, not realizing he was just rephrasing God's established truth. On the other side of the ledger, we've often heard someone state that a certain so and so is a self-made person. This would imply that this man or woman succeeded in life without anyone's help. It may sound nice and flattering, but as far as being factual is concerned, it is pure garbage. Not one person could have ever been successful in life, were it not for the help they received along the way from others, but especially from God. I know there are many who arrogantly state: "I can get along fine by myself, thank you" but such a foolish remark does not even budge the God-established truth that it is not good for man to be alone. We cannot deny that there are times and situations when being alone is ideal, but all of these are brief and temporary. This truth applies to all human beings, whether young or old, rich or poor, famous or unknown. Many bible readers may argue that the apostle Paul was alone, and in spite of it, God used him tremendously. It is true that Paul was unmarried, and as a result had advantages married ministers do not have, but where do we get the idea that unmarried and alone mean the same thing? The truth is that one can be surrounded by hundreds of people and still feel alone. Have you ever wondered why being alone is not good? Well, beginning with the obvious, consider the following: How long can babies or children be left alone to tend for themselves before something disastrous or tragic occurs? The same applies to the elderly, the bed-ridden, or the feeble minded. Jesus, when He walked among men, relished His times of fellowship with His disciples. He still delights having fellowship with all who are His.  If you are alone, who are you going to share your hopes, burdens, and dreams with? Here's another: In James 5:16, we read, Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. Even the world says that confession is good for the soul. See? Not all phrases are bad. Oh, the value of a listening ear! To have someone that will patiently listen while you share your burdens is medicine to the soul. Some people think their counsellors are fabulous, yet their greatest gift is their ability to listen. Did you know that many people who exploded and hurt many in the pro-cess, did so because they never had anyone to vent their feelings with?  This verse went further. Have you ever experienced the peace and comfort, the touch and prayer of a friend affords? Think of the many who suffer alone in times of grief because they have no friend. Dear reader, if you spend too much time by yourself, I encourage you to go find yourself a friend, a real friend. Keep in mind that the Bible says, A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly. (Prov 18:24) In other words, to find a friend, you must be willing to be a friend first. It is true that Jesus is our best Friend, but since we're human, we need someone we can see and touch. Alone, to many of us, only means trouble. The only good alone is when we're alone with God. In fact, this one is very good.


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