Friday, May 21, 2010

Standing Alone

Bill Rice Ranch - First Light Devotionals 

Jeremiah 15:17 "I sat not in the assembly of the mockers, nor rejoiced; I sat alone because of thy hand: for thou hast filled me with indignation."
Looking back on the loneliest times in your life, you might find that those times were lonely, not because of a lack of people, but because of many people who would not stand with you. In other words, you were standing alone. Well, that is how Jeremiah felt in chapter 15. He said in verse 10, "Woe is me, my mother, that thou hast borne me a man of strife and a man of contention. . . ." All of the hardships came, not because of something wrong that he had done, but precisely because of what he had done that was right. He had given God's Word to God's people, even though it was a difficult message.
Jeremiah felt lonely in verse 15 and said, "O LORD, thou knowest: remember me, and visit me. . . ." Perhaps he thought that God had forgotten him and had not been with him. Maybe he felt like God was not pulling for him, even though he was speaking for God. What Jeremiah experienced was directly related to God's Word and God's will for him. He said, "Know that for thy sake I have suffered rebuke." Can you relate to that feeling? Have you ever found yourself in Jeremiah's sandals?
When you stand alone, you may find yourself like Jeremiah sitting alone-in a school cafeteria, at work, or among other preachers. No one needs to seek being alone; what you need to seek is the company of God. This morning, it is important to remember that when you stand with truth and with God, you do not stand alone.You and God always make a majority. Do not seek a majority; seek God. When you have God, you need nothing else.
The way to get rid of loneliness is not to go the wrong way but to have people come along with you (verse 19). Win them to the truth! Never forget that when you stand with truth and with God, you do not stand alone though it may seem lonely.

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