Current  Sermon Series - North Park Fanshawe

Never Alone
God's Work in Times of Isolation

Isolation infers this idea of being separated from normal activity, usually for an extended period of time. The word “isolation” comes from the Latin word “insula” which means island. During this COVID-19 global pandemic, many of us have probably felt like we were on an island, separated from people and activities that are meaningful to us. At times like this, we can become so focused on our predicament that we forget that God can do a deep work in our lives in those moments when we feel so all alone.

A careful look at scripture reveals many examples of people in isolation, seemingly cut off from the world. The Apostle Paul experienced repeated times of imprisonment. John was in exile, literally on an island, in the book of Revelation. In the Old Testament, Joseph was locked up for thirteen years. Moses spent forty years in relative obscurity before God called him to lead his people out of Egypt.

What is the purpose of these times of isolation?

God can use these times to teach us things that perhaps can’t be learned in the pressures and chaos of our normal, daily routines. Away from the regular distractions of life, God can grow our character and our reliance on Him. Isolation forces us to let go of the incessant need for positive feedback from the world and instead focus on and be dependent upon the only one that truly matters; Jesus. Times of isolation are not easy. We can find ourselves wallowing in the unfairness of it all but God can break through these times of self-pity and remind us that we are not alone. He can grow our dependence on Him and his companionship if we are open to seeing that He is there with us.

Join us at North Park through the month of June for our message series entitled, Never Alone. God’s Work in Times of Isolation. Instead of running from those periods of loneliness and despair, may we allow God to use them as opportunities to draw us closer to Him.