Day 4: Choosing Truth Over Lies
Lie- No one sees me.
Truth-God sees and knows you.
Scripture- Luke 12:6-7
“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.”
Today Tammy Kennington asks if you too are chained to loneliness and gives us a challenge:
She is the elderly woman in the polyester suit sitting alone in the church pew week after week or the frazzled young mother in the grocery aisle juggling a wailing infant and impatient toddler. She might be the middle-aged divorcee’ who envies every couple in a restaurant with their heads bent close in intimate conversation. She could be the friend who looks as if her world is perfect. The one who hides the reality of her pain behind a ready smile or encouraging word—wishing someone would reach out, speak up, welcome in.
These are the unseen ones. The women who live in loneliness, believing they are unworthy of being loved. That no one cares. That they are friendless. Forgotten. Forsaken.
Are you, too, chained to loneliness? Are you convinced you are unnoticed and unseen? I understand. I lived in loneliness for years hoping my husband or attainment or education might relieve the cry of my heart. See me. Choose me. Love me.
But, neither nuptials nor knowledge are meant to satisfy the longings of our soul. That role belongs to El Roi, the one who sees the need of his beloved daughters. To the Shepherd, the one who never leaves us nor forsakes us. To the Helper, who guides us into truth.
Loneliness thrives when we nurture it with lies. But, God scripted His truth for us that we might receive it. Learn it. Live it. Friend, when we soak our hope-hungry hearts in His word we’re reminded of our position and His forever-faithfulness.
If loneliness is your unwelcome side-kick, take action.
- Invite Jesus into your isolation.
- Pray. Listen.
- Combat the lies you’ve believed with the words of the One in whose power you’ve been raised.
- Then, allow your struggle in the now to motivate you toward investing in someone’s tomorrow. Just take one simple step–invite a neighbor for coffee, ring up an old friend, plan a date night with your husband. Ask the Helper to replace your false identity as the Unseen with a new capacity to see the needs of others.
You are so good. You invite us into relationship, first with you, and then with one another. Help us grasp hold of the truth. You care. You see us. You shelter us. You hear us. You reach for us. You are El Roi, the God who sees. Embrace us in our loneliness and remind us of your love. Help us share the love you give with others.
In Jesus name, Amen
Read Psalm 68:5-6. Write a psalm of praise to the Lord for being the God who sees and never leaves. Share a praise or two in the comments! Let’s lift our voices together.