NEVER ALONE, 24.12.18

Scriptures:

Phil.4:7                         Isa.26:3                      Jer. 29:13                         Deut.4:29

Ps. 25:16,17                 Ps. 121:1,2                 Ps. 130:1,2,5                   2 Chron.15:4

Jer.33:3                        Rom.10:13                  I Tim.2:4                           Matt.7:7,8

Rev.3:20                      Matt.11:28                   Ps.27:10                           1 Peter 5:7

James 4:8                   Heb.13:5                     Deut.33:12                         John 14:27

Tree of Life (TLV) Translation of the Bible. Copyright © 2015 by The Messianic Jewish Family Bible Society.

This holiday season is especially a time when many individuals who are alone struggle with their aloneness. They yearn for human companionship, but do not have meaningful close relationships, perhaps not even with family.  In a time when it feels like everyone else around them are in “happy mode,” they experience unhappiness; and loneliness, depression and self-pity can open doors to the Enemy.

Fortunately, those who have an intimate relationship with the Father need never be or feel alone, God is with us always. When you cleave to the Lord, hold onto His promises, worship and press into His Word, you will receive “a peace that passes all understanding” (Phil.4:7); He will manifest His presence to you, and you will be reminded that you are not alone,  for He “will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You” (Isa.26:3). Any time you begin to slump into a place of self-pity, just take your trusty Bible, go to God’s promises, seek His Word prayerfully; and as you press in, the sadness, loneliness, and despair will be washed away with His Words of love, and comfort.

We are never actually alone. God is always there. However, if we have not cultivated that intimate relationship with Him, it is true that we can miss out on experiencing His presence, His realness, and can feel very much alone. But those alone times can be an opportunity to reach out to Him, invite Him in, and thereby develop that intimate relationship and find that awesome peace in doing so.  “And you shall seek for me, and you shall find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart” (Jer. 29:13). God is always ready and willing to respond to; He is waiting for us to call on Him; He will never turn us away: “But from there you will seek Adonai your God and you will find Him, when you seek Him with all your heart and with all your soul” (Deut.4:29).

Pray the prayers from the Psalms, and you will find an amazing peace entering into your soul: “Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. The troubles of my heart increase. Bring me out of my distress” (Ps. 25:16,17); “I will lift up my eyes to the mountains—from where does my help come? My help comes from Adonai, Maker of heaven and earth”(Ps. 121:1,2). “Out of the depths I cry to You, Adonai! Lord, hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive to the sound of my supplications” (Ps.130:1,2). Just cruise through the Psalms and you will find countless prayers that fit with the situation and experience that you are undergoing.

But in their distress they turned to Adonai, the God of Israel, and sought Him, and He was found by them”(2 Chron.15:4). You may say, “what has that got to do with me? God is talking to the Israelites.” These principles and promises apply to all of God’s people, one of the benefits of having been “grafted in” (Rom. 11), so we also, in our distress and loneliness can “call on Him, and He will answer us and even show us great and mighty things which we do not know” (Jer.33:3). And even for those who might say, “Well, what if I don’t even know if I’m really one of His? I’m not sure!”  If that is the case, then this truly is an opportunity, for “Everyone who calls upon the name of Adonai shall be saved” (Rom.10:13), for “He desires all men to be saved and come into the knowledge of the truth” (I Tim.2:4). And Yeshua/Jesus said “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened” (Matt.7:7,8); and “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me” (Rev.3:20). So there is no need to fear rejection, failure to qualify, etc. Christ wants all to come to Him: “Come to Me, all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matt.11:28). “Though my father and my mother forsake me, Adonai will take me in (Ps.27:10). When everyone else lets us down, disappoints, abandons, persecutes, rejects, God is there, just waiting for us to reach out to Him. “Cast all your worries on Him, for He cares for you”(1 Peter 5:7).

God often allows, and uses, these times of loneliness/aloneness to draw us to Him. It is a time when we are needy, vulnerable, desperate, when the otherwise self-sufficient individual that we are, needs to draw on a greater source of strength and love. Do it now for it is what He wants from – to “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you” (James 4:8). He said, “I will never leave you or forsake you” (Heb.13:5). “The beloved of Adonai rests securely beside Him. He shields him all day long. Between His shoulders he rests”(Deut.33:12). This is the Father’s Heart – that you would so experience His love, and His presence, that you would never have to feel such aloneness, and never be lonely. Remember, the promises belong to all who know Him; and even if you just now cried out to Him for the very first time, rest assured that you have just become one of His, so the promises apply to you also.

Yeshua/Jesus came to give us peace, an inner peace of the heart – ““Shalom I leave you, My shalom I give to you; but not as the world gives! Do not let your heart be troubled or afraid” (John 14:27) – a supernatural peace totally independent of circumstances, the world, or anything going on in or around us. It has to do with the inner state of the innermost part of our being. When we are at peace in our relationship with Christ, and when our lives are totally dependent upon, and surrendered to Him, we will never feel alone even when we are physically alone because we know and experience that awesome oneness with Him, that “I in you, and you in me” union that Yeshua/Jesus talks about in John 15, and 17. It is amazing, and an even more amazingly true and real place to be.

© 2015, revised 2016, 2017, 2018 by Verna Crowther. All rights reserved.

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