How many times in your life have you felt totally alone? How many times have you felt lonely – as if no one cared?
I once saw a post on Facebook that said that walking with God means sometimes you feel like you walk alone.
And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him:but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless:I will come to you. (John 14:16-18)
Of course, I cringed at the thought of this. Why? Because I know God never leaves me.
Before I go any further, I can tell you, scripturally, that sometimes it may FEEL that way.
Once, my Mom and I were having a conversation and I asked why hadn’t she remarried or why doesn’t she have a “significant other…” She said she didn’t need anyone.
So one day, in my singleness, I came to the same conclusion – I don’t need anyone, God, just you. That’s when He sent me Angela.
King David experienced this:
Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. (Psalm 51:1)
David could say this because He never had the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. In the Old Testament, the Holy Spirit would rest and move upon individuals as the glory cloud rested and moved during the Exodus
And even Jesus – in His mortal body – felt this way, once:
And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? (Matthew 27:46)
And, even though Jesus felt separated from God, He said He and the Father are one (John 10:30) – therefore, He could never be separated from God.
I say this to say, it is natural to feel alone and forsaken. That doesn’t mean it is the truth.
And here’s the truth: God said He’d never leave nor forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).
Jesus sent the Comforter – the Holy Spirit – as the downpayment of our residence in eternity:
In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation:in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. (Ephesians 1:12)
The Holy Spirt that once rested upon Moses, Samson, Saul, and David now dwells within us:
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16)
And when the Holy Spirit takes up residence in you, He never leaves!
Man that’s Good News!
“So, preacher,” you ask, “you’re saying that even when I sin, the Holy Spirit is there?”
That’s exactly what I’m saying! The Holy Spirit takes up residence in you to teach you all things (John 14:26) and to remind you of your righteousness in Christ (John 16:8-10).
What part of NEVER LEAVE NOR FORSAKE did you miss?
“Well, preacher,” you ask “doesn’t the Bible say God hates sin?”
Glad you asked. He does – sin is a reproach to God. But, can I let you in on a little secret:
YOU ARE THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS (Romans 3:22, 2 Corinthians 5:21).
That means you are made righteous!
The Bible says, in Jesus, there is no sin:
And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin. Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. (1 John 3:5-6)
Did you catch that? He that abides in Jesus “sinneth not.” That doesn’t mean that your flesh doesn’t sin – it means your sin is covered. Paid and atoned for. It also means that when we abide in Him we do not sin deliberately!
That is a key point.
Let’s look at this from another angle: God created man and had fellowship with Him. In other words, Adam was not alone – at least spiritually. But God looked at the flesh and said it is not good for the man to be alone (Genesis 2:18). Here we see the perfection of God’s plan at the beginning.
Relationship. Not religion.
God created us to have a vertical relationship with Himself, so that our sprits would never be disconnected from their power source and, thus, never be alone…
And created us to have horizontal relationship with others, so that our natural being would never be disconnected from earthly companionship and fellowship and, thus, to never be lonely…
This forms the pattern of the cross – an implement of Roman torture that was used by God to illustrate His love for us and the beauty of his plan of creation.
So, whenever you’re feeling lonely or alone, God has sent His very Spirit to dwell within you, so you’re never far from Him. And, if you talk to him in faith – trusting Him – He will send you people to help bear your burdens.
© 2014 – Derrick Day (www.derrickday.com)