Psychologists have studied the fact that many people who commit suicide are famous and admired by many, in need of nothing, and very talented with their skills. It turned out that loneliness has been a major reason for people to lose hope in life.
When God first created Adam, He knew that man was in need of someone to be close to him; someone to love him; someone to encourage and strengthen him; someone to acknowledge his emotions, desires, weaknesses, thoughts…etc. So God created Eve.
And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” (Genesis 2:18)
But after the fall, neither Adam nor Eve could fulfill each others’ needs. Not even parents could fulfill their children’s needs (see Psalm 27:10). So part of Christ’s restoration of His creation was to send “The Helper”, His Holy Spirit. This, which He said, “will guide you into all truth … will tell you things to come … will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you.” (John 16:13-14)
Through the grace which is bestowed upon us by the Holy Spirit, no believer should ever feel lonely. The Holy Spirit has the power to remove the loneliness from the hearts, souls and minds of believers, by dwelling in them.
That’s the reason we hear of monks staying in the desert for years, not seeing other people, yet never feel lonely:
- St. Athanasius was told that the whole world was against him, but he didn’t feel lonely.
- St. Anthony was asked about the reason of his joy although he lived alone in a cave, he answered that God filled his heart and cave.