I’ve said for years that the enemy of our soul has as a goal: the isolation of Christians. He wants to get us alone, by ourselves, away from the strength of our numbers and the comfort of our fellowship. In this instance, during this pandemic, he has enjoyed a measure of success.
We are socially distanced. For the last several months, many of us have only physically connected with close family members. Some have had no physical contact whatsoever! Even when we are together with others, it’s a distant wave or an awkward elbow bump. Much sadder is the fact that thousands have suffered and died in hospitals without the comfort of their family at their bedside; and their families are left to grieve without the customary closure.
In all of this aloneness, I want to remind you of something: Jesus will never allow you to be alone. He has promised to be with us until the very end.
Understand the tricks of the devil: he knows he can’t really force you to be alone – he doesn’t have that power – so he wants you to FEEL like you’re alone. He works in your fears and emotions, creating loneliness and emptiness. So even with Christ by our side, we sometimes feel abandoned.
Hear this truth: Satan can only succeed in this effort if we cooperate with him!
Allow me to encourage you: renew your thinking. Be strong in the knowledge of God’s promises. Remind yourself over and over that Jesus is right there by your side, He will never leave you, you are never alone!
Read and meditate on the Scriptural passages below. Then, think of a friend who might benefit from these thoughts – and share with them.
Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”
Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
Zephaniah 3:17 “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”
Matthew 28:20 “Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
Hebrews 13:5 “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.'”
Romans 8:38-39 “For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”