Monday, July 23, 2012

Never Alone

Many of us have felt lonely from time to time—we have been dumped, misunderstood, abandoned, widowed, or forgotten. On days that we feel like we are all alone, let us remember the words of Jesus in Matthew 28:20:

“…and lo, I am with you always, even until the end of the world.”

Jesus was just about to leave His disciples and go to heaven, and yet He tells them that He will still be with them. Humanly speaking, this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.

God is with us all the time, and if you ever feel lonely, here are three things that He still does for us. First, He checks us out. God is always watching us, and He sees what is done in secret. In Matthew 6:4 He says that He sees when we give in secret and He will reward us openly, and in Numbers 32:23 it says that even our secret sins will find us out.

God also comforts us. Through His Holy Spirit God offers us comfort. John 14:26 teaches us this. But that word comforter means more than simply a shoulder we can cry on; it means that God will build our strength to get us through it. Some will say, “I can’t fix your problem but I will be here for you.” God says, “I will be here for you and fix your problem.” Not all of life’s problems will be fixed, but God will make us better equipped to handle them.

Finally, God coaches us. Instead of leaving us to navigate life on our own, God’s Spirit promises to lead us into truth (John 16:13). A good coach teaches his players how to play, and God teaches His children how to live.

If you ever feel down, remember that God is checking you out, He comforts, and He is here to coach us. 

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