THE STORY OF JESUS: John 16:25-33
“You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me.” (John 16:32)
It is not good for us to be alone (Genesis 2:18).
But sometimes in this sin-messed world we are left alone.
Friends or family are not with us; away for a time, or worse they deserted us.
One survey I read said that half the population struggles with loneliness.
God offers the comfort of His presence when we are alone.
Jesus experienced this when His disciples proved unreliable.
He describes the feeling of God with Him, when no one else is.
I remember a time when God impressed on me His surrounding presence.
I had a friendship candle burning, with four figures holding each other.
The Lord impressed on me that the Father was facing me, with a loving smile.
To my right was Jesus, to my left was the Spirit, holding me to the Father.
Together the four of us were held together in a bond that would not fail.
I call this my original ‘small group’, or my never-failing circle of friends.
Do you sense the threefold presence of God with you – over, with and in you?
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, it is sad and hard to be lonely. Give me a strong sense of Your never failing presence, even when others fail to stand with me.