“Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7
Being a part of the family of God certainly has its advantages. When things are tough, we look to a brother or sister to offer comfort. However, sometimes, whether by oversight or malice, we may feel that no one cares. Circumstances seem to chase everyone away, and loneliness becomes our only companion.
Paul felt this way during the later years of his life. In prison once again for preaching the gospel, Paul asked God to forgive those who had abandoned him. Knowing that God had a plan to share the good news using a shackled older man, Paul kept preaching. Amid his loneliness, Paul kept preaching.
2 Timothy 4:17 says, “Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.”
Although Paul stared death in the face, he kept preaching. Yet God never left him. He gave Paul the strength to continue proclaiming Christ’s love. Likewise, if others run away when you need them most, God will meet you at the point of your need in Jesus’ name. There are days you will be depressed, and no one will be there to understand a glimpse of what is going on within you, but trust only God because He will comfort you at that point when you need Him most.
God will help you through it all. Remember this: God will guide you at your loneliness and despair, but yet you need to trust Him with everything. He will always stand with His children. Jesus said, “I will never leave thee” (Heb. 13:5). That’s the word of the Lord; when He says “He will never leave you,” He meant it. Proverbs 3:5 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your understanding.”
1. Father, thank You for reminding me that you are with me and for sustaining me when I feel alone.
2. Galatians 5:22: Oh Lord, let your spirit dwell within me forever in Jesus’ name. Amen.