“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.” 2 Timothy 4:17
If you have been sad or angry about a situation, when you think you were alone without God, remember this: he was near to your heart, and the angel surrounded you. 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 have the feeling no one cares. Circumstances seem to chase everyone away, and loneliness becomes our only companion.
I pray that loneliness will not be your companion in Jesus name.
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. Although Paul stared death in the face, he kept preaching. God never left Paul. He gave Paul the strength to continue proclaiming Christ’s love.
Even if others run away when we need them most, God will meet us amid our sorrow. There are days you will be depressed, and no one will be there to understand a glimpse of what is going on within you; only God can comfort you at that point. When we face loneliness or the very moment of death, we can trust Him. He will always stand with His children. Remember, 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.
1. Father, thank You for reminding me that You are with me and for sustaining me when I feel alone.
2. Dear God, help me to be strong in my faith.
3. Please help me to know that you are with me and for giving me strength.