And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.
Fear of being alone
What do you feel when you are in the midst of trials? Oftentimes we feel the burden, and in the long run, we feel that is overwhelming. Sometimes we feel we are alone, facing our different battles. Yet, let us remember this verse in 2 Kings spoken by the Prophet Elisha, “Do not be afraid, for those who are with us are more than those who are with them.” We sometimes forget that when we are faced with tribulations in life we are not alone, it is when God is closed in on us. Observing how we will react to the situation and readily being there to help when we call on His name. Like when as a child, we practiced how to walk or bike, we were not alone, our parents were there ready to assist when we need them.
Are you familiar with the song Footprints in the Sand? The last paragraph of the poem always humbles me, when God answered the weary man, He whispered, “My precious child, I love you and will never leave you. Never, ever, during your trials and testings. When you saw only one set of footprints, It was then that I carried you.”
However, because of the fear that we are alone, we are at times blinded from looking up to our Heavenly Father. Let us also pray what Elisha prayed, “O Lord, please open his eyes that he may see”. Let us pray that the Lord will open our eyes to see that the difficulties we face are not punishments but opportunities to call to our Savior for help and to be more dependent on the grace of our Father in heaven. Realizing that we are never alone in our walk towards God.
Heavenly Father, thank you for always being there in our ups and downs. We repent from our sins of accusing you of abandoning us. Our Saviour, thank you for saving us even before we knew we needed saving. We pray that we will not lose focus on you despite what challenges we face in this life. O Holy Spirit, grant us the steadfastness to hold on to the word of God and apply them in our daily lives. In Jesus’ name, Amen.