A common struggle for women is the feeling of being all alone. Is this you? Whether we are physically isolated or in the middle of a crowd this feeling can overcome us and bring a sense of desperation. I want to encourage you today, but first understand this: You are not alone. Don’t believe it for a second. It is a lie and it comes from the Deceiver. He is trying to pull your attention away from your Savior. Don’t you let it happen. You are not alone.
Believing this lie negates what God tells us in his Word. You cannot believe both. You can’t declare that you are a Christian and then also complain that you are all alone in life. Those two cannot exist together, they are mutually exclusive.
This is one area I can talk about with an authority that comes through experience. Read my blog here to learn my story. It took me a few years of pain to realize God was all I needed and that he had not abandoned me. He has since put me into a physical family of believers which has been a huge blessing. But first, I had to learn to understand the full sufficiency of God in my life. That is what I want you to realize today. God is with you and he is enough.
In the Bible, the verses that reference God being present pile sky high. Even a simple online search comes up with over 1,100 verses on God’s presence. Here are just a few. Matthew 28:20 Jesus tells us, “I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Hebrews 13:5 quotes the book of Joshua in God’s declaration of, “I will never leave you or forsake you.” Speaking of Joshua, from that book we get the awesome words, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (1:9).
The promise of God’s presence in the Bible is a central message. We see it in the tabernacle and temple of the Israelites as God dwelt in the midst of his people. God’s presence provided security and direction for his people. It also brought courage for battles against massive enemy nations. In the New Testament we see God’s physical presence in the very flesh of Jesus Christ. Then in the Holy Spirit that he sends after his ascension. The Spirit brought boldness to the apostles as they proclaimed the good news to the world. We have one and the same Spirit within us today.
Can you ever be separated from your Savior? Psalm 139:7 asks that same question, “Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence?” Verses 9-10 give the answer, “If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.” There is no amount of time, distance, or any situation that can separate you from God or his love (see Romans 8).
(I should clarify…if you are not a born again believer in Jesus, then never mind. You are utterly alone and should feel desperate. I hope you feel the darkness that is pressing upon you. Sorry, you will get no lovey-dovey talk from me to encourage you today. You have no union with God Almighty. That is reserved for his family members. I do hope the desperation causes you to shout out for his salvation and brings a desire for reconciliation. Then there is true hope for you!)
Will you feel lonely? Yes, but don’t trust your feelings. As is clear from scripture, we are never left alone or forgotten by God, he is ever present. God will use loneliness in your life to draw you to himself. He will allow you to be disappointed by everyone around you until you realize he is your only source of fulfillment. God will strip away every person, if need be, until you stare him in the face and say, “Yes, God, you are enough for me.”
If you are feeling alone today, see what you are experiencing as a blessing. Know that God is bringing you closer to himself. Others can help and fellowship is must, but your relationship with God is primary. You need to understand this and live it out. Practice the presence of God in your life, talk with him and hold onto the truth of his Word. You are not alone, for God is with you and he is enough.