Key Verse: Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV
As a child, I loved to watch the ‘Home Alone’ movies. I imagined the adventure of being left home alone and having to protect the house. There was excitement in the experience. Nevertheless, as we grow older, we are hit by the reality of loneliness. Loneliness is one of the greatest problems in the world today. Despite the growth of social media, people feel unloved and unconnected. Loneliness is said to be the leading cause of suicide. Far too often, as believers we forget, we are never alone in this journey through life. Family members, friends and colleagues may all forsake us, but God is always with us. No matter how lonely or abandoned we feel, Jesus is always by our side. In Matthew 28:20 he said, “And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
Moses was left alone in a river, but God was with Him and plucked him out to be raised in privilege. Later Moses found himself alone hiding in the desert, but God again spoke to him through the burning bush.
Joseph was betrayed by his brothers, sold into slavery, and carried off alone to a foreign country. There thrown into prison, and forgotten by those around him, but never by God.
Elijah found himself alone by the brook and alone in a cave running for his life. In 1 Kings 19:9-10 he cries out to God saying, “I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me, too.” Elijah hides in a cave, and cries out the God; he wants to die. But there in the still small voice, God spoke. Elijah was not alone.
When Elisha’s servant thought they were alone, Elisha told him in 2 Kings 6;16-17, “Don’t be afraid!” “For there are more on our side than on theirs!” Then Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!” The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire.”
In those days when we feel utterly alone, downcast, and like nobody cares, remind yourself of Elisha’s servant, in the physical there was nobody to help, but in the spirit realm, there were thousands of chariots blazing with fire. Walk by faith in God’s Word and not by sight and trust in God’s promise never to leave you or forsake you.