Some of the most agonizingly beautiful words in the Bible were written by people who felt all alone.
Jeremiah, the prophet known as the “weeping prophet,” was called to a very difficult role. He spoke for God to the nation of Judah, and he spoke of coming judgment. That wasn’t well received by his contemporaries.
At one point Jeremiah was beaten and put in stocks, in public view, on the orders of the priest, Pashhur. The next morning upon release he had strong words for Pashhur. He also had some pitiful but honest words for God. He said God had deceived him by calling him to be a prophet, that he couldn’t help but speak the words God had him speak, that those words brought him nothing but “insults and jokes all day long,” and finally he cursed the day he was born. (Read the whole chapter here.)
In the middle of this Jeremiah said, “But I am not alone. The Eternal is here with me. He stands beside me, as a dreaded warrior.” Jeremiah 20:11 (The Voice)
If Jeremiah can remind himself of that profound truth in such a miserable situation, how much more can we find strength and comfort from the fact that we are never alone. Ever. We may not need God to be standing beside us as a dreaded warrior as Jeremiah did. We may need him for strength, for courage, for comfort, or for direction. The truth is we always need Him.
There are times when I feel like the world is going on without me. But I am not alone.
Sometimes I have the perception that I am alone even when I’m with people who I love and who love me. But I am not alone.
Family and friends surround me, they support me, and they pray for me, but there are some things I must work out alone. But I am not alone.
I can feel all alone, but I am not alone.
Have you experienced times when you felt like everyone deserted you? Or maybe you, like me, just feel alone sometimes. You are never alone.
“At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against then. But the Lord stood at my side, and gave me strength…” 2 Timothy 4:16-17