The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
Back in February, I wrote about God being as close as a whisper when you need to call upon His name. That there would be days when you desire the presence of God to get you through your circumstance or situation. And God is near. All we have to do is call upon Him.
Today, I write because sometimes we face days when we feel alone. Days when we feel that we are an island unto ourselves. Sometimes we feel we’ve painted ourselves into a corner of a room. And when we feel loneliness maybe it doesn’t occur to us that God is near. When we feel alone, there is no other emotion that is more devastating.
Loneliness is not a part of God’s plan for us. As a matter of fact, God desires to be with us at all times and in all circumstances. “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10 NKJV) And yet there are times when we slip back into unbelief and find ourselves feeling alone. As humans, we face a lot of troubling things. We face a lot of circumstances. The world is a hard place to live in.
But friend, God is everywhere. He transcends all limitations of space and is present in the fullness of His being in every place. We are never alone. Can you believe it? Can you take hold of the truth that God is everywhere and knows your situation and is very, very near to you? “His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him—though he is not far from any one of us. For in him we live and move and exist.” (Acts 17:27-28 NLT) God says He is not far from any one of us. God promises to be with us when we are depressed, disillusioned, or lonely. We are assured of God’s unfailing and everlasting love. “In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.” (1 John 4:9 NKJV) We are assured of His acceptance. “Therefore receive one another, just as Christ also received us, to the glory of God.” (Romans 15:7 NKJV) And we are assured of our access to God. “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” (Romans 5:1-2 NKJV)
I felt while preparing this post that there was someone who needed to read this. I pray this blog has reached you. Loneliness or feeling alone is devastating, but doesn’t need to be. I don’t want to sound like this is a simple thing to change or get out of. It is not. I’ve had days of feeling alone; feeling lonely. I’ve had to set my mind on God and press into His presence. It started with prayer. Intense prayer. Prayer between myself and my God. He heard me and He rescued me. “I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me, and heard my cry. He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. He has put a new song in my mouth—Praise to our God; many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord.” (Psalm 40:1-3 NKJV) He will hear you, too.
Heavenly Father, we call upon You. Thank You that when we feel alone or loneliness takes over our thoughts, that You are near. Come, Father, and rescue us. Help us understand Your unfailing and everlasting love. Help us understand that we have access to You and that You will never turn us away. Thank You, Father, that You are as close as a whisper and ready to pour out Your presence upon us. May we place our trust and hope in You. In Jesus Name. AMEN
Don’t believe me, believe God!