You are Never Alone

Last week a tragic event occurred as a person was struck and killed by a train. As it turns out, video from the train (no, I don’t think—and hope—it’s not public) revealed the person walked to the middle of the tracks, closed their eyes, and waited to be hit.

Suicide by locomotive.

Depression and desperation caused this person to end their life. Everyone at some point feels alone and troubled (that’s part of the human condition), yet not everyone feels the need to invoke a permanent solution to a temporary problem. Why?

We’ve received mail from people feeling hopeless, God hates them, and they’ll just give up. We respond urging them to get counsel from pastors, friends, or someone else they trust, because at the lowest of the lows, frequently the common emotion remains simple — “I’m all alone”.

We certainly can’t solve the world’s problems (and won’t even try), but one thing we’ve learned over the years is one simple truth:

You are not alone.

Oh sure, it may (likely does) feel like that, but it’s not true.

Poor Job, here was a guy with everything going for him, and one day (due to a conversation between God and Satan he was unaware of) he gets blasted, losing everything. Even his wife advised him to curse God and die.

When his “friends” show up, they tell him he’s somehow messed up (not true), or in other words, he’s all alone.

Elijah certainly suffered from depression; after the high point of Mt. Carmel and defeating the prophets of Baal, what happens in the next chapter? The queen has it out for him, and he becomes depressed.

I have been very jealous for the LORD God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away (1 Kings 19:10).

What was his problem? He bought the lie he was all alone. Hiding, depressed, and feeling all alone, the Lord responds to Elijah:

Yet I have reserved seven thousand in Israel (1 Kings 19:18 NKJV)

To paraphrase God’s response:

You are not alone.

Even the giant of the New Testament — the apostle Paul — struggled with problems, at one point proclaiming:

For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of our trouble which came to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life (2 Corinthians 1:8 NKJV)

Paul? Despaired of life? Burdened beyond measure? Beyond strength?

Yep.

You are not alone.

Yes, sometimes it feels like it, but you’re not. If you have feelings of hopelessness and despair, do one more thing before giving up: reach out (in person) to a friend, counselor, pastor, or someone else you trust. Sure, you think it won’t work, sure you might believe it’s a waste of your time, definitely they won’t understand what you’re going through.

Do it anyway.

After all, if you’re right, will tomorrow differ from today? That same black cloud still looms overhead waiting for you — you’ve lost nothing. Yet if you’re wrong, tomorrow could be quite different from today.

Don’t accept permanent solutions to problems.

Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me? (Jeremiah 32:27 NKJV)

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