Sermon outline: This is an abbreviated outline with the complete sermon downloadable at the bottom of the post.
Text: Luke 4:1
Title: Facing the Giant of Loneliness
Introduction: Can you picture with me a middle-age man who sits alone at the breakfast table. This morning, he brewed only two cups of coffee—he used to brew four. He has a new title, and it has come long before he expected it to be his—widower.
Isolation was the first thing that God recognized was not good.
And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
At the heart of loneliness is the desire to be connected. It is a longing to hear a word from someone, to be seen as significant, to be recognized, remembered, counted, and known.
What to do when you are alone:
I. Recognize That You Are There by God’s Design
II. Rest in Who Is There with You, Rather Than Regret Who Is Not
III. Realize That There Are Some Times of Loneliness and Trial That Only You and the Spirit Can Understand
IV. Rejoice That Usefulness Follows the Loneliness of the Wilderness
Conclusion: Will you trust Him, in the wilderness of uncertainty and even doubt, to know that you are there by His design and He will bring you out at His good time, endued with power and with great usefulness?