“And remember, I am with you always to the end of the age.”
Doubting in His Presence
This scripture verse is one powerful promise made from Jesus to each of us. The resurrected Jesus was speaking to His disciples on a mountain in Galilee. And some doubted! Even with Jesus sitting before them, some doubted… So, what do we do when we’re hit with the same doubts, when we have to ask ourselves, But what if I feel alone?
It is no wonder that we can feel alone or abandoned when friends, family or even our closest loved one rejects us. We may forget, or even doubt that God cares. God made us so that we want to be with each other. The pain of being alone can be crippling, cause depression or change us inside in unhealthy ways.
Remembering Who We Are
But, as Jesus said, “I am with you always to the end of the age.” This is His promise. He didn’t say, until tomorrow, or until Wednesday, or until the football game is over.
What exactly are we to think now? We are not really alone because we are a friend of Jesus. He called His disciples (or “friends” in John 15:15). We have received His friendship and grace. His Spirit is in us. We are now a living sacrifice 24 hours each day, seven days each week, until the end of the age.
Folks, we are not alone. We were mistaken; we had a senior moment. You are His disciple. Be it. Own it.
Fighting In The Faith
Now the nitty gritty: How do we tackle the loneliness? Begin to talk to Jesus like he is your best friend, closest relative, and the one being in the entire universe you can trust and confide in. Lay it all out. Go into detail. Don’t hold back; He is your friend.
You can do this standing or kneeling or even laying on the ground curled up into a ball from the pain. Abandon your doubt. Share your pain. The world has abandoned you . . . So what? Rejoice! Reclaim your faith! Jesus will never abandon you. He is with YOU until the end of the age.
If you are not hurting and life is beautiful, find someone who is hurting and embrace their pain with them as Jesus has. Remind them they are not alone, ever. Pray for and with them for the peace of Jesus to transform them in this season they now walk through.
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