Alone With Oneself
I have met several individuals who had strokes and could not speak. According to their nodding and smiling, several of them received Jesus. I had shared the gospel with them and this passage:
Psalms 139:2: Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.
God is the only one any of them could communicate with who could fully understand them. They were blessed by that. I wonder if God imposed that on them so they would be willing receive Jesus? I wonder if they had too stubborn to receive Him under any other circumstances? Is it a blessing for us when God is the only one we can communicate with?
Genesis 2:18: And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
We are to love the Lord and He has created many others that we are to love, neighbors, enemies, strangers, husbands, children and wives. There is no one we should not love. He has created them to love us too. He says that it is not good for us to be alone. When we avoid others we need to be careful not to avoid God too. When we avoid others do we do that deliberately to avoid loving them and being loved by them? I believe that sometimes God imposes aloneness on us for a time so we will know He is the only one we can communicate with and that we will take advantage of it and be blessed by it.
Isaiah 53:6: All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
1 Peter 2:25: For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.
When we are alone are we returning to the Lord or going our own way?
Hebrews 13:5: 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.
1 John 1:3: That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
What kind of alone do you experience? Is it fellowship with God? When you are alone, are you alone with yourself or are you alone with God? Have you discovered the joy and peace of being alone with Him? Here is the measure of our aloneness: If we are alone with God it will energize us to love others and receive their love. If we are alone with ourselves it will not. Two songwriters wrote about our tendency to wander away from God and His promise never to leave us.
Part of Robert Robinson*s hymn *Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing:* Let Thy goodness, like a fetter, Bind my wandering heart to Thee. Prone to wander, Lord, I feel it, Prone to leave the God I love; Here*s my heart, O take and seal it, Seal it for Thy courts above.
The chorus of Ludie Pickett*s song *Never Alone:* No, never alone, no never alone, He promised never to leave me, He*ll claim me for His own; No, never alone, no never alone. He promised never to leave me, Never to leave me alone.