Never Alone

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Every man must do two things alone; he must do his own believing and his own dying.

Martin Luther


Joel 2:32
New International Version (NIV)
32 And everyone who calls
on the name of the Lord will be saved;
for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem
there will be deliverance,
as the Lord has said,
even among the survivors
whom the Lord calls.[a]

So why don’t I call on His name? Why do I run to this person or that person, when God is so near and will hear my faintest call? Why do I sit down to plot my own course and make my own plans? Why don’t I immediately place myself and my burden on the Lord? I found out this morning in being lonely and somewhat dispondent to life that running straight ahead is the best way to run, so why don’t I run directly to the living God? instead, I look in vain for deliverance everywhere else, but with God I will find it. With HIm I have His royal promise:[I] will be saved.

And with Him I never need to ask if I may call on Him or not, for the word “everyone” is all encompassing. It includes me and means anybody and everybody who calls upon His name. Therefore I will trust in this verse and immediately call on the glorious Lord who has made such a great promise. My situation is no different than anyone elses when urgentcy plagues our situation, and we cannot see how we will ever be delivered. Yet this is not our concern, for He who made the promise will find a way to keep it. My part is simply to obey His commands, not to direct His ways.I am His servant, not His advisor. I call upon Him and He will deliver me.

Hebrews 13:1-8

New International Version (NIV)
Concluding Exhortations

13 Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. 2 Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. 3 Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.

4 Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. 5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,
“Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.”[a]
6 So we say with confidence,
“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?”[b]
7 Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

Having been raised around family that loved the intercollegiate soccer, I ‘ve never lost my love for “The Beautiful Game.” I especially enjoy watching the English Premier League. One reason is the skill and speed with which the game is played there. Also, I love the way the fans sing in support of their beloved “sides.” For instance, Liverpool has for years had “You’ll Never Walk Alone” as its theme. How moving to hear 50,000 fans rise as one to sing the lyrics of that old standard! It’s an encouragement to players and fans alike that together they will see each other through to the end. Walk alone? Never.

The sentiment has meaning for everyone. because each of us is made for community, isolation and loneliness are among the most painful of human experiences. During painful times, our faith is vital. The child of God never needs to fear abandonment. Even if people turn on us, friends forsake us, or circumstances separate us from loved ones, we are never alone. God has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you”.

God’s unseen presence comforts me,
I know He’s always near;
And when life’s storms besiege my soul,
He says, “My child, don’t fear.”

God’s presence with us is one of His greatest presents to us.

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