Sometimes I feel completely alone.
I’m not talking about times I’m by myself; sometimes I need that. I mean that even with my husband, daughter, family, friends, and co-workers, there are times I still feel alone and lonely.
Maybe you know what I’m talking about.
When it feels like there’s no one to talk to.
No one who understands or has time for you.
No one who cares what you have to say, or is interested your dreams and goals.
I’m not trying to throw a pity party here, but let’s face it—sometimes the course of life leaves us feeling alone in this world.
Loved ones pass.
Loneliness is a part of life—a part we don’t understand. In fact, sometimes I wonder why it seems like God wants me alone.
Perhaps it’s to draw me closer to Him so He can be the center of my life.
Not unlike He’s done before…
Joseph must have known loneliness as he sat in prison for something he didn’t do, wondering if he’d see his father and brothers again. But God never left him.
But the Lord was with Joseph in the prison and showed him his faithful love. And the Lord made Joseph a favorite with the prison warden. Genesis 39:21 NLT
Moses was surrounded by the Israelites as he led them from place to place in the desert. And yet, his wife and sons were not with him; they were living safely with her father, Jethro. And now the very nation he led to freedom was turning on him. But Moses knew God was still there.
Then Moses cried out to the Lord, “What should I do with these people? They are ready to stone me!” Exodus 17:4 NLT
David was alone and on the run from Saul, having had to leave behind his family and best friend Jonathan. But he knew God was there to answer and guide him.
“…will Saul actually come as I have heard? O Lord, God of Israel, please tell me.”And the Lord said, “He will come.”Again David asked, “Will the leaders of Keilah betray me and my men to Saul?”And the Lord replied, “Yes, they will betray you.” 1 Samuel 23:11-12 NLT
Certainly, Jesus knew what it felt like to be alone and to have others turn on Him, even those He considered friends. But He knew His Father was with Him.
But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when you will be scattered, each one going his own way, leaving me alone. Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me. John 16:32 NLT
We may feel alone and lonely at times, but just as God was with Joseph, Moses, David, and Jesus, He’s here with us too.
As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Joshua 1:5b NIV
God wants to draw us close and promises to never leave us, no matter how alone we may feel.
Maybe the question is whether we’re leaning into His embrace, or struggling against Him.
Has there been a time in your life when you felt alone, despite who was around you?
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