“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.”
Jesus experienced the same loneliness that every person has felt at some point in their life. Jesus said that the hour was going to come when every man would be scattered from Him and that He would be left alone. However, though all would leave Him, He understood that He would not be alone. He said, “I am not alone, because the Father is with me.” Jesus understood that though all men would leave Him, the Father would still be with Him.
Do you find yourself feeling all alone? Are you feeling alone because your spouse has gone to Heaven and you sit alone in your house? Do you feel alone because you took a stand for right and those whom you thought believed like you were the ones who left you? Do you feel alone because you are traveling and your family is hundreds of miles away? Do you feel alone because you are the one who is “different” from everyone else? I could go on about the reasons people feel alone, but whatever your reason may be for feeling alone, you can rest assured that you are not alone. When Jesus said, “I am not alone,” He was giving the believer comfort and assurance that they are never alone. Let me give you some thoughts that will help you when you feel alone.
First, your loneliness will only be for a short time. Jesus said about his time of loneliness, “…the hour cometh…” An hour is a short time. Certainly, that hour can seem forever when you are experiencing loneliness, but you must rest in the hope that the hour of loneliness will soon end. The hour of loneliness may seem like it will never end, but it is only an hour and a new hour will soon come.
Second, you are never alone because the Father will always be with you. Jesus said, “…I am not alone, because the Father is with me.” The one promise the believer has is that the Father will never leave you. Hebrews 13:5 promises the believer, “…I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” When you feel alone, always realize you are not alone because the Father is still with you. Just because you don’t feel God’s presence in your life doesn’t mean that He is not with you. He promised to never leave you, and His promises are guaranteed.
Third, you will only find peace in your loneliness in Jesus Christ. Jesus said in verse 33, “…in me ye might have peace.” You will never find the peace you are looking for in your lonely times by running to the world. The world always leaves you lonely. The one place you will find the peace you need in your times of loneliness is in the Scriptures. You will find words of comfort and companionship to help you in your lonely times. My friend, you will never find peace in alcohol, drugs, or vice, but you will always find peace in Jesus Christ. The vices of this world may give you temporal peace, but Jesus gives lasting peace to the lonely soul that never ends.
Fourth, in your time of loneliness, live in cheerfulness. Jesus continues to say in verse 33, “…be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” If you are saved, you are on the winning side. Never let the times of loneliness take your joy. When you realize you are not alone, you can live on the cheerful and conquering side because you have already overcome the world through Jesus Christ. Don’t let your loneliness take the cheer that you have in Jesus Christ.