The Lonely Christian

Christ Jesus was often alone, and often lonely: in the prophetic words of Psa. 88:18 He says to His Father in prayer, “Lover and friend hast thou put far from me, and mine acquaintance into darkness”; and in the words of Psa. 69:8 He says, “I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother’s children.”  He knows what it is like to be forsaken of His friends (Matt. 26:56).  He, then, who passed through these deep waters before us, can comfort and uphold the poor, lonely believer as he passes through this world, and whose own friends the Lord may have put far from him.  For just as Jesus was able to say, “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” (Jn. 16:32); so every true child of God can say the same thing: “Even when I am all alone, as far as frail human companionship is concerned; yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me!”    

  The Father is always with the believer; and so is the Son: for Jesus said to His people, “I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world” (Matt. 28:20); “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Heb. 13:5); and, “If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we [the Father and the Son] will come unto him, and make our abode with him” (Jn. 14:23). 

  The Father and the Son are always with the believer; and so is the Holy Spirit:  “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth” (Jn. 14:16,17). 

  God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit: all three divine Persons of the Godhead are with the believer!  Always, in all circumstances, at all times! 

Therefore, no matter how lonely the Christian feels in this world, he is never truly alone.  Even if he loses every earthly friend, his heavenly Friend is always with him.  Abraham is called the Friend of God (Jas. 2:23), and God spoke with Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend (Exod. 33:11); but that relationship is one which every single believer enjoys!  For Jesus said to all His people, “Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you” (Jn. 15:14).

If, then, dear Christian, you feel as if you are “a sparrow alone upon the housetop” (Psa. 102:7), remember this: “the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O Lord of hosts, my King, and my God” (Psa. 84:3).  You are not alone, for you dwell in the spiritual house of the Lord, the Church!  And Christ is the Head of the Church, and its King.  He will never leave you, nor forsake you.  “He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love” (Song. 2:4).  And you may therefore truly say, with a song in your heart: “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever” (Psa. 23:6). 

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