Last week I wrote about “I am” statements we say to ourselves. One of the declarations I make in my mind on a regular basis is “I am alone.”
It’s not that I’m by myself when I say those words. At the moment I can be in a group of people.
My “I am alone” proclamation rings through my mind when I’m with unbelievers who do not view the world as I do. At times they ridicule me because of this.
I also embrace this “I am alone” statement when I’m with an individual or group who proclaim to be Christian, and yet see evil as good and truths from Scripture as lies.
I sense I am alone when a fellow Christian I’m communicating with seems dedicated to being ruled by the flesh rather than the Spirit. The person gives me a look and even declares I’ve gone off the deep end because I want to embrace a truth or action from Scripture that the person has decided does not apply to his/her life.
It’s a lonely feeling when it seems no one else thinks like me or understands what I’m saying.
The kind of alone I’m talking about is a spiritual loneliness where I feel disconnected from others on a spiritual level.
Elijah in 1 Kings 19:10 states after the victory of killing false prophets and then being threatened by Jezebel:
And I, I only am left…
I have had that sense—that I am the only one left who believes God’s truth and who wants to walk in it.
But just as Elijah was mistaken so have I been. By verse 18 God is telling Elijah:
I will leave seven thousand in Israel,
all the knees that have not bowed to Baal,
and every mouth that has not kissed him.
Elijah thought he was all alone when instead there were seven thousand godly people who remained. One writer put it this way, “Elijah wasn’t alone after all. He was a part of the fellowship of the faithful, from whom God would rebuild his people.”
Fellowship is essential to believing the truth that I am never alone. Instead of retreating when I’m feeling alone, I need to seek to spend time with like-minded Christians. 1 John 1:7 states:
But if we [really] are living and walking in the Light, as He [Himself] is in the Light, we have [true, unbroken] fellowship with one another…
I’m realizing I will always feel close and connected to those who are also “walking in the light.” And when I go through suffering because of what I believe, I can keep on
… standing firm in the faith, because (I) know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. 1 Peter 5:9 NIV
Even though I may feel alone when people don’t agree with me, don’t understand me, or even ridicule me when it comes to spiritual matters, there is a vast number of people who are on my side and who also desire to have a close walk with the Lord.
Today I am celebrating that truth.
Will you join me?