Sunday, June 27, 2010

MM Meditation - Are You Lonely?

I have been blessed by the writings of A.W. Tozer. 
I would encourage you to read his works, starting with The Pursuit of God.

The following excerpts are from a sermon
printed in its entirety at SermonIndex.Net.

The Saint Must Walk aAlone

Most of the world's great souls have been lonely.

Loneliness seems to be one price the saint must pay for his saintliness.

In the morning of the world (or should we say, in that strange darkness that came soon after the dawn of man's creation), that pious soul, Enoch, walked with God and was not, for God took him; and while it is not stated in so many words, a fair inference is that Enoch walked a path quite apart from his contemporaries.

Another lonely man was Noah who, of all the antediluvians, found grace in the sight of God; and every shred of evidence points to the aloneness of his life even while surrounded by his people.

Most revealing of all is the sight of that One of whom Moses and all the prophets did write treading His lonely way to the cross, His deep loneliness unrelieved by the presence of the multitudes.

He died alone in the darkness hidden from the sight of mortal man and no one saw Him when He arose triumphant and walked out of the tomb, though many saw Him afterward and bore witness to what they saw.


The man who has passed on into the divine Presence in actual inner experience will not find many who understand him. A certain amount of social fellowship will of course be his as he mingles with religious persons in the regular activities of the church, but true spiritual fellowship will be hard to find. But he should not expect things to be otherwise.

After all, he is a stranger and a pilgrim, and the journey he takes is not on his feet but in his heart. He walks with God in the garden of his own soul and who but God can walk there with him?


The truly spiritual man is indeed something of an oddity. He lives not for himself but to promote the interests of Another. He seeks to persuade people to give all to his Lord and asks no portion or share for himself. He delights not to be honored but to see his Saviour glorified in the eyes of men.

His joy is to see his Lord promoted and himself neglected. He finds few who care to talk about that which is the supreme object of his interest, so he is often silent and preoccupied in the midst of noisy religious shoptalk.

For this he earns the reputation of being dull and overserious, so he is avoided and the gulf between him and society widens. He searches for friends upon whose garments he can detect the smell of myrrh and aloes and cassia out of the ivory palaces, and finding few or none he, like Mary of old, keeps these things in his heart.

It is this very loneliness that throws him back upon God.

"When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up." His inability to find human companionship drives him to seek in God what he can find nowhere else. He learns in inner solitude what he could not have learned in the crowd that Christ is All in All, that He is made unto us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption, that in Him we have and possess life's summum bonum. (Latin for "highest good")


May you be blessed with true spiritual friendships, relationships that provide soul-stirring fellowship and the likemindedness that comes from believers obeying the same Bible and adoring the same Savior.

1 comment:

  1. Oh, Momma Mindy!! Thank YOU for encouraging ME!! I am just now seeing your comment on my blog. I haven't had the internet the last couple of days, so when I saw your comment, I had to come back to you and thank YOU for encouraging me today!! And this is the perfect post to leave this comment.

    I am so thankful to the Lord for using my words to bring you some encouragement. I know that I have been under a lot of anxieties lately, but I didn't know that you were having health issues and anxieties. I have been questioning my motives to blog lately, bc in fact, I am lonely. Not many friends, so I blog to be heard by "somebody"!! My prayer is that someone would be encouraged and challenged and encouraged, again by my blog(s). So YOU encouraged me today by your comment. Thank you, thank you!

    And I will be lifting you up in prayer.



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