“Fear not, for I am with you;
be not dismayed, for I am your God;
I will strengthen you, I will help you,
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
“You, O Lord, are in the midst of us,
and we are called by your name;
do not leave us.” Jeremiah 14:9
“I will make you to this people
a fortified wall of bronze;
they will fight against you,
but they shall not prevail over you,
for I am with you
to save you and deliver you,
declares the Lord.” Jeremiah 15:20
“I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.” John 14:16-18
“Behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20
There are many life circumstances that force our being alone, isolated from other people, without human companionship. We also face decisions, struggles with temptation, specific roles in relationships where we must make individual choices and act alone. There are other times when we simply cannot get in contact with anyone we trust or want to confide in, and feel alone. But one of the greatest realities of the Christian life is that we are never truly alone. Our sweetest and best Companion hems us in behind and before, never leaves nor forsakes us, is in us and with us, to guide and chide, to comfort and console. He is Immanuel, God with us, our Lord Jesus, His abiding Spirit. And when He is with us, no one and no thing can stand victoriously against us.￼￼ (Deuteronomy 31:6; Psalm 139:5; John 14:26-27; 16:8; Romans 8:31,37-39)
No matter how dark our way, how uncertain our future, how deep our pain, He is nigh. Whatever battle we fight, enemy we face, inadequacy we determine to overcome, He is our Warrior, Banner, and Shield. When we yearn for a companion, one who loves and understands us, He names us friend, and is available, personal, and loving. He delights in us, rejoices over us with singing, and bears our burdens alongside us. What a Savior, what a Friend! (Exodus 14:14; 17:15; Psalm 3:3; Zephaniah 3:17; Matthew 11:28-30; John 15:13,15)
Since we are never alone, we can walk confidently in His strength, speak courageously in His name, work energetically for His glory, fight the enemy in His power, lead others in His light. What difference is His presence, His constant companionship, making in our lives today? How do I want Him to permeate and influence my every day? (Ephesians 6:10-19)
“Jesus! what a Friend for sinners!
Jesus! lover of my soul;
friends may fail me, foes assail me,
he, my Savior, makes me whole.
Jesus! what a help in sorrow!
While the billows o’er me roll,
even when my heart is breaking,
he, my comfort, helps my soul.
Hallelujah! what a Savior!
Hallelujah, what a Friend!
Saving, helping, keeping, loving,
he is with me to the end.” ~J. Wilbur Chapman (1859-1915)
Lord, may my words and actions give evidence to Your presence in me, and Your power through me, to Your glory and praise.