Alone … Yet Not Alone

Michael Beck

“Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.” (John 16:32)

There are times when we wish others would leave us alone. We want time and space for ourselves. But there are other times when we crave human contact. When Jesus went to Gethsemane He brought His three closest disciples with Him, and asked that they be near Him. “Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.” (Matt. 26:36) They were “there,” but not there – they proceeded to fall asleep.

Paul also had to walk the lonesome valley, but found in it a Friend that sticks closer than a brother. “At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me … Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me …” (2 Tim. 4:16,17).

Jacob also had to come to a place where he had no one, not even himself, to turn to. “And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.” (Gen. 32:24)

If we will look for Him, God will appear to us in the darkest, most desolate places of our life. He designs and reserves certain seasons where only He is. Don’t be upset that no one else knows, understands, or is helping. They’re not supposed to.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.