You Are Not Alone!
Christian Devotional by Pastor Cecil Thompson
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
I am sure you have heard the expression: “Misery loves company!” That usually has a negative connotation, but at the same time it contains a basic reality. When things in life seem to be falling apart, it seems imperative that we have someone near us to help us bear the load.
What happens when we feel that we are all alone in the time of trouble? The answer is that we have a much harder time dealing with things.
Problems may be catastrophic or at various stages of difficulty. A dear friend just lost his precious wife who was his soul mate. He has called or e-mailed me several times for comfort and to have someone to be a point of contact in this time of loss.
I also recall my wife, Joyce, feeling terribly alone when I was in the Air Force and had assignments that took me away from home. She said that she became so desperate for the sound of a human voice that she would place a call to the weather recoding in the area, just to hear the voice of an adult.
In reading those two examples you can see that we can all go through times in which we feel all alone. Elijah was a mighty prophet and it would seem that feeling lonely would not be problem he would have to deal with. But that was not the case. In I Kings 19:10 we read of Elijah’s sense of loneliness: “He replied, ‘I have been very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, broken down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.’ “
When we read today’s Scripture we see that when we are the children of God we are never alone. Not only do we have His presence, but we also have His strength. When we feel that things are just too much for us, we need to remember that He says that we are not to fear or be depressed. Why? Because He never leaves us nor forsakes us.
It is easy to become so overcome with our circumstances that we forget that God has a plan and a purpose for our life. In the midst of our pain and loneliness, He holds out His arms and calls us to come to Him. Do not become caught in the trap of feeling that there is no hope.
God does not work on the same time schedule that we do. Joseph knew years of loneliness before he was elevated by God to a position of being able to save His family. Moses had to spend 40 long and lonely years in a desert wilderness before God called to him from the burning bush and sent him to lead God’s people out of slavery.
When you feel that you are alone and forgotten please read today’s passage once again and know that it was meant for you. YOU ARE NOT ALONE–HE IS ALWAYS WITH YOU–EVEN IN THE DARKEST NIGHT!
Blessings dear hearts. Walk with God today. Trust Him completely and be a blessing.
— Pastor Cecil
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