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Never Truly Alone

 

July 31

 

Read Psalm 73:23-26 (ESV)

Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

 

Reflect

Where do you turn when you are lonely?

 

At some point, we have all been lonely. In those moments, we long for company and companionship. We want someone by our side.

 

The good news? We have someone by our side! In today’s verse, the psalmist, Asaph, wrote of God’s continual presence. He even said that God held his hand and guided him through life! When this life was over, Asaph knew he’d be with God in glory. In this life and the next, Asaph was confident that he would always be with the Lord. And that confidence strengthened and encouraged him.

 

Another psalm assures us of God’s presence. Psalm 46:1,7 says that “God is our refuge and  our strength, an ever-present help in trouble...The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” The LORD Almighty, the God who created the universe, is always with us. He is ever-present!

 

I love how personal the Psalms are. When I am lonely or feeling far from God, I turn to the Psalms to be reminded that God is not aloof. He is there and He cares for me. I can know Him intimately. He holds my hand, walks beside me, and guides me through life. I have nothing to fear and no need to dread being alone.

 

Not only has God given us His continual presence, but He gave us the gift of each other. In the Garden of Eden, God said that it was not good for man to be alone so He gave Adam the gift of Eve. Through Adam and Eve, the world was filled with people. If Adam had remained alone, we would not have mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, sisters, brothers, cousins, or friends. God’s gift of Eve to Adam didn’t just bless Adam with a wife and populate the world. It blessed all of us with community.

 

And yet, in a world full of people, some of us feel isolated. We long for companionship. What does the Bible suggest we do about that? Hebrews 10:24-25 says, “And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.”

 

Those of us who are believers should be seeking out companionship with other believers. We should be considering how to encourage them and we should be meeting up with each other every chance we get.

 

Friend, are you feeling lonely? If so, reach out. First, reach out to the Lord. He is near. He is ever-present. In Him, you are never truly alone. Second, reach out to others. If you are feeling lonely, there is a good chance others around you are as well. Ask God who you can meet with to encourage them. In meeting the needs of someone else, you might just find the companionship and community you long for, too.

 

Pray

Lord, thank You for Your presence. It comforts me and strengthens my heart. When I am lonely, show me who I can reach out to. Show me who also needs the encouragement of a friend. Amen.

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

 

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