Out of all the scenarios of life, loneliness is one of the worst for some to endure. Without interaction with others, the mental state of man can deteriorate over time. It should not surprise us then that God knows the need for man not to be alone. Moses wrote, “And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him” (Gen. 2:18). By creating Eve, God provided companionship to man. Those of us who are married should be thankful that we have our spouses. For some, that blessing is no longer enjoyed. There are literally some individuals who have no close family left alive. Some have watched as their beloved friends have died and left them alone. For those who experience such, it can be devastating.
What if I told you that I could guarantee that you would never have to be alone again? Would you be interested? For the faithful Christian, such a guarantee does indeed exist. The writer of the book of Hebrews instructed, “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. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me” (Heb. 13:5-6). Did you catch that? The Lord “…will never leave thee, nor forsake thee”. There is the guarantee! A child of God that is “walking in the light” is never alone (1 John 1:6-10).
Now, please notice that I have been careful to indicate that this guarantee is only for the faithful child of God. The person that lives a lifestyle of sin does not have the privilege of this blessing. Isaiah wrote, “Behold, the LORD’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear” (Isa. 59:1-2). The faithful Christian has the assurance that “…the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil” (1 Pet. 3:12).
Any hour of any day, Christians can be confident that they are not alone. God does not lie, and if He said it, then He meant it (Titus 1:2). Even as Paul’s earthly life was about to end, he knew that he was not alone. “At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge. Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion” (2 Tim. 4:16-17). What a great comfort and encouragement! No matter if all of my earthly relatives and friends die before me, or if others abandon me, I will never have to be alone. Friend, do you have that confidence by being a Christian? If not, then let me encourage you to obey the Gospel while there is still time (Rom. 1:16). The Bible makes it clear, “Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you…” (James 4:8). You do not have to live alone any longer!
~ Corey Barnette