NEVER REALLY ALONE
“The first time I was brought before the judge, no one came with me. Everyone abandoned me. May it not be counted against them. But the Lord stood with me and gave me strength so that I might preach the Good News in its entirety for all the Gentiles to hear. And he rescued me from certain death” (2 Timothy 4:16-17 NLT).
Continuing on from the verse in previous entry, we see that Paul was abandoned, yes. However we see in the next verse that …”the Lord stood with me and gave me strength so that I might preach the Good News…..and he rescued me from certain death.”
When we say we are alone, where do we think God is? He is right where He always is, right beside us. We may not feel it but He is there. Remember, He is the God of Always…not sometimes, not every other week, but Always..and that means HE is Always by our sides in good and bad. If we have a relationship with Christ, God is with us all the time. “I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” MATT. 28: 20 NIV God of Always is always with us and we are never really alone.
I thought this was funny so I wanted to share this pastor’s story:
“A few years ago, I was flying to Hong Kong to do a seminar for some missionaries. Halfway through the 17-hour flight, we went through the most horrendous storm.
We were pitching and jolting. The plane was tilting, and everybody was getting antsy.
They were obviously disturbed by the circumstances. The crew asked over the speaker, “Is there a minister on the plane?” I raised my hand.
They approached me and said, “Everyone’s pretty upset because of the flight.
Can you do something spiritual?” So I took an offering!
Well, not really, but the point is the people wanted to know that God was with them! As believers, it is another one of those ALWAYS promises we can cling to in times of fear and loneliness. It comforts us AND is an opportunity to know Him better.
WHEN WE ARE LONELY, IT IS AN OPPORTUNITY WE SHOULD TAKE TO GET TO KNOW GOD BETTER AND GET MORE ACQAINTED WITH HIM. RECOGNIZE HIS PRESENCE RIGHT BY YOUR SIDE.
Well said lyrics from a song…..
“I love a lonely day; it chases me to you...”
What is the antidote to loneliness? PRAYER God is open 24 hrs. daily at His special hotline just for each one of us. ANYTIME, ANYWHERE, ANYPLACE, no roaming fees, no Wi-Fi coverage needed. He understands these statements from us/me:
“God, I am lonely! I hurt! My heart is breaking and splitting in to pieces! I am miserable! I am on E for Empty! HELP ME GOD!
David said in psalms, “Where can I flee from your presence?” Nowhere. We are never in a place where God is not. If we have trusted Christ He is with us in our heart. FOCUS ON THAT WHEN WE ARE LONELY.
“I tell God that I feel lonely and He says “You might feel lonely but you are not alone—I even put it in writing in My Word to assure you…..’I will never leave you or forsake you’..”