In all His vast creation there was only one thing that God said was not good. It was not good for a human to be alone. So God created woman and instituted marriage. But loneliness returned to both humans when they gave themselves over to sin. Now there was a new and horrible darkness that came between them. It was a loneliness they were powerless to fix in one another. And it not only isolated them from one another, it separated them from their God as well. God went right to work to protect the humans…to bring them back to Himself and to each other. It was not a cheap fix, for here in Genesis, chapter three we have the gracious but ominous prophecy of the ages long battle of evil and good, which climaxes in the “temporary” death of a special descendant of Eve and in the utter destruction of the serpent’s seed.
In Psalm 68:6, the Bible says that God puts the lonely in families. Family is a beautiful concept that speaks of so many wonderful things. However, we come to places and times in our lives where even our beloved cannot come. And loneliness returns to haunt us again.
When God unfolded His scheme of redemption, it involved saving people and placing them in the church. The New Testament is filled with instruction about how we ought to treat each other as family. Again, this is a beautiful concept. But, in spite of the best intentions, loneliness breaks through. In the final analysis, though human companionship is wonderful and is a creation of God, we must have a higher Presence in our lives. We must have our Father.
When the Apostle Paul was on trial for his life, he noted that all humans had forsaken him. But he was not alone. The Lord stood by him and strengthened him. God’s people never have to be alone. Joseph was not alone in Egypt. He realized later that though he was betrayed by his own brothers, he had actually been on a mission for and with God. When David went out by himself to meet the giant, he didn’t go by himself. When Abraham left his father’s house for parts unknown, his heavenly Father went with him. And when Moses went up Mt. Nebo to die, there was only God to hold the funeral. And that was enough. Moses died alone, but he didn’t die alone. You and I don’t have to be alone either. Even if everyone else should forsake us, there is God. When we have been overcome with sin, God doesn’t take a hike. He takes a run right to us (I John 2:11). When no one else understands, God does. When no else can be there or will be there, God will. When you wake up in the middle of the night and feel utterly alone, realize that you are not alone. Jesus knew that He was not alone. He sought God out in quiet times of togetherness. We should do the same. We never have to be alone.
A friend (thank you, Carolyn) sent me this link a while back to a beautiful song which is entitled “You’re Not Alone.” Give it a listen if you have the time.
Now then, I was thinking…even though God has so very often helped me through His wonderful servants…and even though I am grateful beyond words for such help so often given…there have been those times when all other props were knocked out and it was only God Who could get me through. And, bless His Name, He did! Are you able to share with us such a time in your life? It just might encourage us all to give more attention to our relationship with our Father God…that intimate relationship which, above all others, we can count on to know that we are never alone.