Yes, God hates sin and God hates divorce and God hates pride, but that's not what I'm referring to. Perhaps even more than those things, God hates loneliness. After proclaiming everything about creation good in the first chapter of Genesis, in the second chapter the first thing God proclaims not good is man's alone-ness: "It is not good for man to be alone." (Genesis 2:18)
For the Jewish people in the Older Testament, a large family was a sign of blessings from God and childlessness was thought to be a curse. In Psalm 68:6, we see the proclamation that no one is without a family when David writes "God sets the lonely in families."
In the New Testament, the author of the book of Hebrews reminds us of a promise from God: "I will never leave you; I will never abandon you." (Hebrews 13:5) That means we are never alone.
If you are feeling lonely this Christmas season, be reminded that God sent His son to die for you AND raised Him from the dead to prove His power over sin and over death and over evil and yes...even over loneliness.
If you are feeling lonely , be reminded that God is with you whether you feel Him or not. Whether you are single or married, have a large biological family or no biological family, whether you are rich or poor, employed or jobless, God is with you.
May you be reminded that Jesus was and still is our "Emmanuel," which means, "God with us."