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
A resounding yes! The 2 Timothy verse is a beautiful reminder that He stands by my side. I’m going to commit that one to my heart and memorize.
“Have you experienced times when you felt like everyone deserted you?”
I’ve been there and I hurt so bad that I asked God to throw me under a Greyhound Bus. Yet, I’ve never known a more intimate time with the Lord. If you read about prisoners thrown into prison in China or some other lands, they will say the same things. I’m sure the prisoners will agree with me when I say, “I’d just as soon not go through those times again, but if I do, I know His presence will comfort me.”
I’ve never felt that alone, but you make it sound almost appealing. I do know that He will always be there, and it must be powerful to experience Him when He’s all you’ve got. Thanks Larry!