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We live in a socially isolated world. Although we’re better connected technologically than any time in history, we are less connected relationally. Loneliness is at an all-time high.
The impact of isolation is especially felt when we go through tough times. Hard times can cause people to run away from God. It can also cause them to run away from people. Difficult situations can lure you into isolation.
One strategy of the adversary is to isolate you. If he can isolate you, he can destroy you. To survive and thrive in hard times, you need others.
The Israelites are examples of the power of togetherness. During their 430 years of slavery in Egypt they survived. How? They made it because they stuck together!
Take a look at Exodus 1:11 (NIV) “So they put slave masters over them …” Note the pronoun “them.” It’s plural. It’s inclusive of the whole group. God used the harsh conditions of the Israelites to bond them together as a nation, as a people, as a community. In their time of trouble, they learned to lean on each other.
The Apostle Paul understood the power of connection when life was hard. Notice 2 Corinthians 7:6, 7 (NLT) “But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus, and not only by his coming but also by the comfort you had given him. He told us about your longing for me, your deep sorrow, your ardent concern for me, so that my joy was greater than ever.”
When life is hard, let its hardness bond you to others, not isolate you from them. Don’t do life alone!