Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. —DEUTERONOMY 31: 6
I was on vacation when I took this picture. It was dusk – the sun was setting and the low clouds made for an unusual sunset. Instead of the fireball kissing the water and creating the huge color fest, it was muted. As if daring the sun to try to find a way through, the clouds parted enough for just this one, small glimpse of the sun.
You might read this and think – that’s the way it is going for me. I am doing everything I can to live for God and honor Him in all my ways and I feel like I am all alone. I am like this picture. I work so hard to do the “right things” and yet, where is God in my challenges and pain?
As we are preparing for the Freedom Encounter at Grace Family this upcoming weekend, I have been praying about people who are walking this path. And so you know, you are not alone. I think everyone goes through times when they feel “all alone.” I know I have. Even with a tremendous family and friends who love and support me, I get that “isolated” feeling at times. It is an interesting place to be in when your journey leads you to places no one else can go to just because others are not you.
Therein is a lie and a truth. The lie comes in the form of “you being the only one to experience this and that you were meant to fail.” The enemy loves to use thoughts of isolation, condemnation and frustration to make us feel like we will never meet expectations of our own or others. In Romans 1:25 NIV, the Bible says, “They exchanged the truth about God for a lie…” So what is God’s truth? The scripture above says it best; “He will never leave you nor forsake you.” The truth is that God will “never” leave you alone. Applying a loose definition of “never” to your situation – as bad, dark or difficult the circumstance – you will “always” have God to turn to and put your trust in. There is always hope.
Life is real. It has tremendous joys and challenges. You can meet each one of those head on, with great confidence – you are never alone.