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The United States of America has never seemed more divided. There's no nuance in conversation when it comes to the national dialogue. Either I'm completely right or you're totally wrong! Debates are less focused on the argument and more focused on ad hominin attacks against the person making the argument.
Not only are we a divided people, we’re increasingly lonely as well. A new word has entered the American vocabulary: kinlessness. This word describes the reality of Americans having no kin near them or at all. Many are wondering who will take care of them as they age and seem to remove themselves from all relationships, living in isolation.
In fact, in Great Britain, a new cabinet position has been formed: Minister of Loneliness. Faced with the same issue as America, a government position has been created to try and find ways to offer hope and companionship. Can America be far behind?
A recent study found that Generation Z is already becoming the loneliest generation to date. Though they are on the front lines when it comes to technological advances, most of their time is spent staring at a screen, not a human face. As a result, their loneliness is increasing exponentially.
Considering all this, where can anyone find hope today?
The answer is, the same place people of faith have found it through the centuries: In the Lord. King David understood this truth when he said, “And now, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you.”(Psalm 39:7)
The God who created this universe desires a personal relationship with you. Through yielding your life to Jesus, the Holy Spirit enters your heart and promises never to leave nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). He vows to be with you always, even to the close of the age (Matthew 28:20). Wherever you go, even if you descended to hell, he’d go there with you (Psalm 139:8). He promises to meet all your needs through Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
It’s wonderful to have the presence of Jesus in our hearts!
But Jesus knew that we would need something more. He realized that we would need what some jokingly call “Jesus with skin on.”
Jesus knew that we would need each other.
So, he formed his church. The church— a community of people who come together to love, encourage, pray for, and care for one another. It’s a place that offers hope to the lonely and we call it the family of God.
So, where can you find hope today?
First, in the arms of Jesus. He’ll always be present in your time of need, a very present help in times of trouble. Next, in the arms of fellow Christians. Though you are saved by grace through faith alone (Ephesians 2:8-9), you were never intended to live alone. Find a spiritual family, a local church, where you can experience “Jesus with skin on” and biblical community.
It’s then that the despair of this world will lessen…
And your heart will be filled with hope anew.
And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you.
Psalms 39:7 (ESV)