The other day, I had a very difficult decision to make. The initial sense that came to me was “Wow, I have no help from anyone else, this is all on me, and me alone.” I felt isolation and loneliness … not really sensing anyone around to help me. I was in it alone and had to bear the burden of getting the info and making the decision, as well as the responsibility of bearing whatever consequences of the decision all by myself.
It seems like whenever I am in the midst of one of life’s storms, I have this overwhelming feeling of loneliness … of being alone. I can be standing in the middle of a crowded room and yet feel completely alone.
We have all experienced loneliness. So many people feel as though they are alone most of the time. They often feel that no one cares or understands … as though even God is distant and unavailable. Like He is punishing me for not pursuing Him. Or when I was a kid, I just thought He had way more important things in the world than my trivial frustrations.
Now, when I am feeling alone, I look in the Bible for the truth.
You may feel alone, but the truth, the actual reality, is that God is always with you. Here are just a few of His promises: I am with you (Genesis 28:15). I walk with you (Leviticus 26:12). I am near you (Psalm 34:18). I hold your right hand (Isaiah 41:13). I carry you even into old age (Isaiah 46:4).
Then I try to uncover my issues, distortions, or misinterpretations that influence me to believe the lie that God is not right there with me at my side. You see, Satan has been pounding away at us since our first breath to trick us into believing that: 1. God doesn’t exist; 2. If He does exist, He’s too busy for me; 3. If He isn’t to busy, then I’m not good enough yet; or 4. God is mean and punitive and has sent me to the corner of life indefinitely.
Today, identify what lies you believe when you are under stress, believing God is not with you. You must identify it or it will keep on influencing you. Practice many times because you practiced the wrong way many times. Replace it with the truth so you can be encouraged by reading these scriptures and others like them. Write your favorites down and put them where you see them all the time. Speak them aloud. Substitute your own name for the word “you”. God says, I am with (your name) … I walk with (your name) … I am near (your name). God is speaking these promises to you personally. Remember … you are never alone. Jesus is with you. He is with you this moment. He will be with you tonight … and tomorrow. He will be with you through the good times and bad. He will never leave you. Your decision what to believe, choose well. WITHIN REACH will help you uncover the lies and practice replacing them with truth.
Dear Father God, Thank You for Your many promises to be with me … always. Help me believe Your promises more than I believe my feelings. I pray, Father, for all those within the Stepping Stones community who feel they are alone. Help them dig to uncover the lies about You. Reveal Your presence in a powerful way. I pray this and all prayers in the name of the One who is always with me, Jesus Christ; and all God’s children say – AMEN!
The LORD is there to rescue all who are discouraged and have given up hope.