September 20, 2015

Messy Marriage

Psalm 25:1-22
Loneliness can be lethal. In today’s internet-driven society, people are becoming more isolated than ever and our health is at risk as a result. “Whether we are physically separated or living under the same roof but emotionally estranged from each other [spouse], loneliness is real!” wrote Gary Chapman in his book One More Try. Chapman goes on to site several scientific studies confirming the consequences of loneliness within a marital relationship can be detrimental to one’s health. One marriage counselor observed, “Being lonely in a marriage is way more difficult than being lonely as a single person.”

Prescriptions to combat loneliness range from getting a pet to changing occupations. But nothing compares to drawing near to God and allowing him to envelope you in his unconditional love. In Hebrews 13:5, God says, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you.” This is a promise we must cling to every day.

God’s unseen presence comforts me,
I know He’s always near;
And when life’s storms besiege my soul,
He says, “My child, don’t fear.”
—D. De Haan