DEALING WITH “LONELINESS”
“God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what the scripture says of Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel? ‘Lord, they have killed your prophets, they have demolished your altars, and I am left alone (κἀγὼ ὑπελείφθην μόνος), and they seek my life.’ But what is God’s reply to him? ‘I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Ba′al.’ So too at the present time there is a remnant (λεῖμμα), chosen by grace (κατ᾽ἐκλογὴν χάριτος, according to the choice of grace). But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.” (Rom 11: 2-6)
As far as Elijah could see, he was “left alone.” But God saw a bigger picture. This is because God both “fore-knows” and “post-knows” our place in His one universe, because God is, and His perception is, outside of time and space. But we, in our merely-human perception, tend to see only the smaller picture of our present time and space, in which our own human “works” and situations play the central role. Hence I may tend to look around, at times, and say as Elijah did, “I am left alone.” But this merely-human perception, called “loneliness,” can be banished by God’s unifying, stabilising perception, which is bestowed abundantly upon me in something called “grace,” if I am willing to open up to it.
How can I turn my perception around today, and escape “loneliness”? For a start, I can re-connect with God, in Whom I am never “left alone.” I know, many lonely people out there may say to that proposition, something along the lines of “But…,” and “It’s not that simple.” – As I also have said, and continue to say, whenever I choose to be victimised by despondency and some of its children, like “loneliness.” But let me be willing to try God today, and choose His grace, that I not be “left alone,” according to my own choice of merely-human perception and merely-human “works.” God’s grace also moves me to appropriate action, to do the next right thing, in response to “loneliness.” (In case you’re thinking that the message, “Just pray,” is sort of lame and ineffective). God can and does “work” in me, when I let Him, and when I choose to live my life according to His choice, that is, “according to the choice of grace.” Because "God has not rejected His people," including me, even when I have been, or feel, "rejected" by other people. Glory be to Him.