Yet I am not alone, for My Father is with Me. John 16:32c
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
The salvation story of Jesus Christ reaches around the world. So that the readers of our Daily Devotion may see the power of the Savior on a global scale, we have asked the volunteers of our International Ministry Centers to write our Friday devotions. We pray that the Spirit may touch your day through their words.
In Christ, I remain, His servant and yours,
Kenneth R. Klaus
Speaker of The Lutheran Hour
People in general do not like being alone. While there are individuals who prefer to maintain a safe distance from others, most people like to socialize and identify themselves with other people or social groups, at least to some extent.
Preferring to be alone and being lonely, however, are two different things. The former is often a personal decision; the latter may occur beyond someone's control. Still, even though loneliness can be difficult to endure, it can bring a sense calm and contentment if a person views it in the proper perspective.
Our Lord Jesus Christ often took time to be by Himself in silence and aloneness. According to John 7:53 and 8:1, when everyone had left to go home, Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. There, He took time to be with God-one on one.
In the beginning when God created man and woman, He determined it was not good for man to be alone. God has also provided for our aloneness today. Our heavenly Father gave His son Jesus Christ to be our companion. He did not leave us to bear our sins alone, but took them all upon Himself. Another name for the Son of God is Immanuel or "God with us" (Matthew 1:23). Through His life in this world, Christ "became flesh and dwelt among us . . . full of grace and truth" (John 1:14).
And this companionship with our Savior is not temporary. Our Lord says, "I am with you till the close of this age" (Matthew 28:20). Since Christ is with us, how can we say we are alone? It is He only who can dispel our loneliness and, as our faithful companion, meet our every need.
THE PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank You for letting those who may feel companionless know they are never alone. How blessed we are to know there is nothing that can separate us from the love of God. What a Friend we have in Jesus, our crucified and ever-living Savior! Amen
Biography of Author:
Rev. E. Eben Titus has pastored three Lutheran churches during a twenty-five-year ministry in India. In addition to publishing poems, articles, and essays, he has written devotions for twelve years for the Christian Media Centre in Chennai, India.
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In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries