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Friday, 17 May 2019 08:12

Alone!

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A few nights ago, as I was trying to fall asleep, I was overcome with a feeling of loneliness. My sons live in Chicago and Southeast Asia. I do not get to see them and their families as often as I would like. My father and only brother are both deceased. They died in 2007 and 2008. My mother and I are the only immediate blood relative family members left. My church is made up of people who are mostly related or life-long friends. These factors could contribute to loneliness.

Also, such emotions can throw a person into a tailspin or send you to a pity party. On this occasion I thought a lot about Jesus. His whole life was spent alone. He faced persecution alone. He led alone. He prayed alone. He went to the cross alone.

So, what does this truth teach me? For one, it should remind me that security is outside of people. No relative, friend, or co-worker can give security. No location can give security. Our life circumstances cannot bring security.

Jesus found security in His Father. “And He that sent me is with me: The Father hath not left me alone; for I do always those things that please Him. (John 8:29) “Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.” (John 16:32)

Another aspect of Jesus’ focus was the truth that He was fulfilling God’s purpose for His life. As He prayed His High Priestly Prayer, alone, (John 17) Jesus said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you.” (vs. 1)

Those who serve in ministry often walk alone. Sometimes the leaders in a church will leave you standing alone with no one standing behind their spiritual leader. We should be reminded that standing alone is inherent in leadership. When you get out front you will often stand alone because that comes with the terrain.

This brings me to the major focus of this article. As ministers we should be prepared to stand alone. It comes with the territory.

When we get discouraged or emotionally flat Satan will use these emotions to trounce us. He wants to discourage and make us feel sorry for ourselves. He will send us to a pity party, where we will feel alone and sorry for ourselves. We might even get mad at the thought of being alone. There is no more destructive emotion than self-pity.

May we find the spiritual strength and resources that will move us beyond this destructive emotion? God has better things in store for us!