“I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the housetop” (Psa. 102:7)
Loneliness is experienced by many of the Lord’s people today.
In one sense, this has been the experience of true Christians throughout the ages, for they have always been a minority, a “little flock” (Lk. 12:32), and surrounded as they are by a world that hates them, this is not to be wondered at. There are few who find the strait gate and the narrow way (Matt. 7:13,14). Few are chosen (Matt. 22:14).
But in a very real sense, there are just so few true, genuine Christians today, and they are frequently scattered so far and wide, that many of them have almost no opportunities for fellowship with like-minded believers – or none at all. Despite the voices of false shepherds telling their mega-congregations that we are in the midst of a revival, and that multiplied numbers are “coming to the Lord”, the reality is the very opposite. True Christians are a tiny, tiny minority today. And as for true churches, these are extremely few in number, and for the most part their membership consists of only a handful of believers. This means that the fellowship which true Christians may have in their own local churches is often limited to two, three, or a few more fellow-believers. And there are many others who have no local church whatsoever, and are almost completely isolated.
And this isolation is a fertile breeding ground for loneliness. It is always difficult to stand against the majority. It is made vastly more so when one has to stand alone. This is why the Lord Jesus sent out His disciples two by two (Mk. 6:7), and it is why the Holy Spirit separated Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto He had called them (Acts 13:2); for the Bible says, “Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up” (Eccl. 4:9,10). Indeed it is why, at the very beginning of the world, “the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him” (Gen. 2:18).