“Know therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who love Him and keep His commandments.” Deuteronomy 7:9
For so many of us, Thanksgiving means family gathered around a table, plenty of food, and maybe a football game or the parade on TV. But for others, the day means solo dinners, a quiet home, and fending off loneliness. Loneliness is a breeding ground for the enemy to whisper lies that we aren’t loved, wanted, or that our loneliness is terminal. None of these is true! So regardless of your holiday plans, we can praise God’s faithfulness that if we belong to Him we are NEVER alone.
1. Know you are seen.
In Genesis 16, we see Hagar, Sarai’s maid, running from her mistress and fleeing into the desert. She is alone, pregnant, and probably feeling desperate. The Lord meets her in the desert and promises her a son. In verse 13, Hagar calls God “El Roi”—the God who sees. Just as Hagar identified the Lord as a God who saw her in her loneliness, God sees and meets you there, too.
2. Know you are known.
In Psalm 139, David declares that God knows him. The word “know” in verse 1 refers to God’s intimate knowledge of His people, specifically His deep understanding of our hearts. God knows and understands your loneliness. Even better, He knows and understands every part of your heart.
3. Know you are loved.
Romans 8:37 says, “But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.” In times of loneliness or when you question God’s character, be confident that you are more than a conqueror and you are deeply loved by a God who laid His life down for you.
Whether alone or surrounded by loved ones this holiday season, we can praise God that He sees, knows, and loves us far more than we can fathom. Spend time thanking God for His faithfulness. He is a Father and a friend to those who feel alone. We can be confident He is always with us.