I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul. I cried unto thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my refuge and my portion in the land of the living. (Psalm 142:4,5)
One of our deepest God-given desires is for connection with others. We want to find our tribe, people who “get” us. There’s an oppression we can experience in feeling all alone, even in the Christian community.
But although it’s “not good for man to be alone,” there’s a disconnection we can have with human beings which serves the purposes of God by bringing us into a deeper connection and fellowship with Him. Without that all-important connection being the strength of our life, we will be vulnerable to a “pseudo-intimacy” which the enemy would bring our way.
Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.