Don’t Isolate Yourself ~ Sunday Devotional
“A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; He rages against all wise judgment.” Proverbs 18:1 (NKJV)
We aren’t meant to travel alone.
It took me a long time to figure this out. I liked being alone. I thought I was okay doing things on my own and dealing with life on my own.
But if I’m being honest, isolating myself meant that I didn’t have to answer to anyone. It meant that no one was checking in to see how I was doing or what I was doing.
When we isolate ourselves, we can get away with things. Sure, there’s no hiding from God, but otherwise, our friends and those who care for us are none the wiser.
When we isolate ourselves, we can give into destructive habits more easily. We can become stagnant. We stop growing.
The flip side of isolation does come with risk.
Opening up and letting someone in requires vulnerability. We can’t hide behind masks and facades. But we also open ourselves up to becoming better. We can learn and grow.
Connecting with others provides support and accountability.
On a recent check-in, one member of the Faith and Fitness Membership Community said, “This was definitely a day when the accountability made a difference.”
When we fall, someone is there to offer a hand to help us up.
When we are struggling or facing a challenge that we don’t know how to deal with, there’s someone to offer prayer and wise counsel.
When we are tempted to step off the path God has placed us on, someone is there to help guide us back.
Do you feel alone? Have you closed yourself off for one reason or another? It’s easy to do, but it’s not how God wants you to live. Gather the courage to reach out to someone today.
If you feel like there’s someone in your life who has isolated himself or herself, will you extend your hand to them?