Have you ever been in a room full of people, but you still feel alone? Have you seen close family and friends move on in their lives and you found yourself asking, “What about me?” Throughout our lives, we all have those moments when it seems that everything has changed and nothing familiar surrounds us anymore. The things we did with close friends and family are not the same anymore. Others may have had a painful situation suddenly occur. What should you do? Has the Lord forgotten you? Is He expecting something from you that you do not understand?
In the book of Job, we see someone who went through tumultuous change. In fact, he was wondering, “WHAT HAPPENED???” While living a prosperous life and doing everything he knew to walk upright towards God, he lost everything dear to him. If that was not enough, illness caught up with him and he lost his health. Even his wife told him to curse God and die. Wow! I hope you never have a close friend or relative give you that kind of advice!
Although most of us know that in the end, God restored everything Job lost plus more. But if you read the account closely, during the many chapters that describe Job’s suffering from loss, pain and the unhelpful advice of his wife and friends, something else stayed constant. During the entirety of the trial, God never left him. He spent time talking to Job to instruct him and to increase his faith. God let Job question Him, but He never left Job. We must remember that God likes to abide with us, not leave us.
I love how the Psalmist in Psalm 139 addresses this issue. He asked the question of what place is there where the Spirit of God is not present? The true answer, as the Psalmist discovered, is nowhere. No matter where you are, God is there. No matter where you run, God is there. No matter where you hide, God is there. No matter what situation you are forced into, God is there. No matter how many times you have cried, God is there. If God is there, how can you be alone? We may “feel” alone but if you call on His Name, He is right there.
I want to share a secret with you. You can choose to believe me or not. Through the years, I have found that when I have confessed to God what I am experiencing (loneliness) but I also tell Him that I know He is here and He can take away the loneliness and pain, He has done it every time. I also must tell you that sometimes the relief is immediate and sometimes it happens over a period of time. The key is trusting that He is there with you and knowing that He can mend anything that is broken.
If you find yourself feeling lonely or in pain, I would encourage you to read Psalm 139 and call on the Lord. If you do that, you will experience His nearness and you will know that He never left you!