I got this quote from Christian Research Net
I got the following A.W. Tozer quote from a friend today.
The Loneliness of the Christian
“The loneliness of the Christian results from his walk with God in an ungodly world, a walk that must often take him away from the fellowship of good Christians as well as from that of the unregenerate world. His God-given instincts cry out for companionship with others of his kind, others who can understand his longings, his aspirations, his absorption in the love of Christ; and because within his circle of friends there are so few who share his inner experiences he is forced to walk alone. The unsatisfied longings of the prophets for human understanding caused them to cry out in their complaint, and even our Lord Himself suffered in the same way.
“The man who has passed on into the divine Presence in actual inner experience will not find many who understand him. He finds few who care to talk about that which is the supreme object of his interest, so he is often silent and preoccupied in the midst of noisy religious shoptalk. For this he earns the reputation of being dull and over-serious, so he is avoided and the gulf between him and society widens. He searches for friends upon whose garments he can detect the smell of myrrh and aloes and cassia out of the ivory palaces, and finding few or none he, like Mary of old, keeps these things in his heart.
“It is this very loneliness that throws him back upon God. His inability to find human companionship drives him to seek in God what he can find nowhere else.”
I do not know much about AW Tozer, but this is something many born again Christians encounter. When I write about the scattered sheep it is something being faced by many Christians out there. There are people where they are the only Christian in the entire family, and where as I have written there is no good church in the area. I have had prayer sessions where I do pray to God about why so few know and discern the truth. I do try to meet people where they are at and give them truth when I am able. I had my lost time and the time I knew little as a new Christian and do not want to be prideful, in saying "look at me, I know more" because I remember the days, I knew NOTHING and I only know anything because of God. It can be tough to look out on the world, and see how things have gotten, the numbers of even NICE people caught up in the false church system or those who reject the gospel entirely. He is right about how you even feel separated from other confessing Christian people caught up in false teachings and the church falling away. It does teach you dependence on God, because He is who you run to for comfort. I relate to the part where it says many DO NOT UNDERSTAND you. They don't, they see the world through a different lens not with spiritual eyes. I just wanted to post this especially for my readers who may be encountering the same thing.
6God setteth the solitary in families: he bringeth out those which are bound with chains: but the rebellious dwell in a dry land.
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.