Alone, Together

How often have we found ourselves in a situation where we feel completely and totally? We should not go by feelings, because they are used by the devil to make us doubt our relationship with God. God spoke through Moses to the people, “When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the Lord thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice; (For the Lord thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.” Deuteronomy 4:30-31. God further spoke through the prophet Isaiah, “When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the Lord will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them.” Isaiah 41:17. Do we really need proof that the Lord will not forsake us?
We remember the story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego. Because of their obedience to God over the king they were sentenced to death by being thrown into the furnace. They were bound and thrown into the furnace, while those who through them in the furnace were themselves burnt up. “Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.” Daniel 3:24-25. (KJV) They understood that they would not be alone, Jesus, the Son of God, came to fulfill God’s promise to never forsake those in tribulation. Very few of use have been thrown into a literal fire although at times it seems pretty hot around us. The devil would like us to think that we have been left to fend for ourselves, but that is far from the truth. Like He was with the three Hebrew children, He will be with us, we have His promise.
Paul recalled his own experiences of walking through his own fire. “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.” II Corinthians 4:8-10. Paul had his hands full as he followed the Lord, but in all his troubles, he was assured that Jesus was there going through it with him. Knowing that Jesus was with him allowed him to not be distressed, nor despaired and to know that he was not forsaken or alone.
The author of Hebrews (many think it was Paul) notes that God’s faithfulness to us is not just an Old Testament concept. “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:5 Why is it important that we know that? “So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.” Hebrews 13:6 What a great place to be in where we can say that we have no fear of man because God is our helper. God wants us to be that bold! God wants us to rely upon him!
See, we are never truly alone. And if we are alone, we are alone, together. Together with Jesus. Praise God!

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