Addressing isolation.

Series: On Edge | Week 1: Freedom From Anxiety

1 Kings 19:5-7
Then he lay down and slept under the broom tree. But as he was sleeping, an angel touched him and told him, “Get up and eat!” He looked around and there beside his head was some bread baked on hot stones and a jar of water! So he ate and drank and lay down again.

Then the angel of the Lord came again and touched him and said, “Get up and eat some more, or the journey ahead will be too much for you.”

After his life was threatened, Elijah ran into the desert by himself and emotionally drained. He sank into a state of depression, partially due to physical depletion, but also due to his isolation and loneliness. In fact, he was so isolated God sent an angel to revive him.

We often experience the same feeling of isolation, whether physically alone or emotionally isolated from meaningful relationships. We were never meant to live life on our own, and certainly not to struggle alone. Each of us needs help in various forms – trusted friends, a group to belong to, mentors, counselors, therapists, and psychiatrists. Trusted people like these can encourage you during times of anxiety and depression.

Ask God to reveal ways you can develop and strengthen your emotional and spiritual support system. Ask him to give you courage to reach out to the right people to help you face your struggles with greater strength and encouragement.

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