It is one of the worst feelings—to be alone and lonely. Especially in the midst of a crowd. The grocery store, your child’s soccer game, church. Wherever you go, you feel completely alone, as if you are invisible. No one sees you. And if by chance they do see you, they don’t acknowledge you, much less the loneliness and the pain you feel. I know. I’ve been there. Right where you are.
Here’s the real truth. You are not alone. I know. I am there.
There are numerous scriptures that assure us we are not alone. Here are just a few:
“. . . God assured us, “I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you . . .” Hebrews 13:5b The Message (emphasis mine)
“Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you. I’ve called your name. You’re mine. When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down. When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end—Because I am God, your personal God, The Holy of Israel, your Savior. I paid a huge price for you: all of Egypt, with rich Cush and Seba thrown in! That’s how much you mean to me! That’s how much I love you! I’d sell off the whole world to get you back, trade the creation just for you.” Isaiah 43:2-4 The Message (emphasis mine)
And one of my favorites Psalms 139:2-11 from The Message:
“You know when I leave and when I get back;
I’m never out of your sight.
You know everything I’m going to say
before I start the first sentence.
I look behind me and you’re there,
then up ahead and you’re there, too—
your reassuring presence, coming and going.
This is too much, too wonderful—
I can’t take it all in!
Is there any place I can go to avoid your Spirit?
to be out of your sight?
If I climb to the sky, you’re there!
If I go underground, you’re there!
If I flew on morning’s wings
to the far western horizon,
You’d find me in a minute—
you’re already there waiting!
Then I said to myself, “Oh, he even sees me in the dark!”
You and I are never alone. No matter where we are, day or night, God is always with us. He is with us when we are alone at night in our bedrooms. He is with us when we sit in the midst of crowds of people. He is with us at this very moment. But sometimes we don’t “feel” his presence.
Leanne Payne wrote a book quite a few years ago titled “The Healing Presence.” Chapter Two is “Practicing the Presence.” In this chapter she discussed the fact that we live in a world where our “systems of learning have long based their conclusions on scientific fact alone. She goes on to say we have “a much greater need for the discipline of practicing the Presence than did our forefathers. Paul spoke of this practice by saying: ‘We fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal’ (2 Cor. 4:18). The practice of the Presence, then, is simply the discipline of calling to mind the truth that God is with us.” 1
The next time loneliness begins to stealthily creep up on you, or perhaps it comes crashing in like ocean waves in a hurricane, remind yourself you are not alone. The truth is GOD is with us!