Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire;
he breaks out against all sound judgment.
Verse 1 of Proverbs 18 shows us the danger inherent in isolation. One of the traits of a person who is headed for destruction is that such a person isolates himself or herself from those who would offer biblical counsel. I know that this is true of myself and of people I have known. Whenever we try to hide, to keep to ourselves, and to pretend that our business is our business, we are most often hiding sin.
What is the cure to the problem of verse 1? The cure is solid, true, Christian fellowship. If we are open and honest with others as we live out our Christian lives, we will be far less likely to walk ourselves down into destructive ways. This is why we always promote being a part of a small group in our church. We want our people to know each other and to be known by each other so that we can encourage each other and care for one another.
In the garden, God said that it is not good for a man to be alone. Contextually, marriage was the issue at hand. However, it is also a true principle that it is not good for a person to live in isolation. We need others to grow us, to sharpen us, and to encourage us. Hebrews 10:24-25 calls believers not to give up meeting together. We need each other. We do ourselves harm when we intentionally isolate ourselves.
Lord, I thank you for the Christian community that you have given me. I acknowledge that it is not good for me or for any other believer to live in isolation. Please help me to be open and honest with my friends so that I can be protected from the folly of walking alone. I also pray for those who currently have no solid connection to a church or to brothers and sisters in their church. Please help them to see the need of others in the Christian life and grant them opportunity to find fellowship.