Never Alone

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    The early American Indians had a unique way of training their young braves. They would teach them how to hunt, fish, and use a bow, and then on the night of their 13th birthday they were put to a test. They would take the young boy and put them out in the middle of the woods to spend the entire night alone. Up until this point the boys had never been away from their father or tribe, but on this night they were blindfolded and taken several miles away from camp. When the blindfold was taken off, they were in the middle of the thick woods and were told to stay there all night. I can only imagine the games that their minds must have played on them. With every sound they heard and every small twig snapping their mind would have thought the worst. After this very long night, the dawn would break and to the boy’s surprise he would see the figure of a man sitting only a few feet from him holding a bow and arrow. The man was his father and had been there all night long watching over the boy.

    At times it can feel like God has left us. At times it can feel like we are left here alone to fight the attacks of Satan and that God doesn’t have a hand in anything in this world. Yet when we see the promises of God, we know that He is constantly watching over us and constantly limiting Satan and his attacks on us. 1 Corinthians 10:13 says, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way of escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”. So even when it feels like we are facing temptations alone, the reality is that God is protecting us by limiting Satan and his power.

    Consider also Romans 8:28. It says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, and to them who are the called according to his purpose.” This again is a promise of the God who is watching over us. Regardless of what happens in our lives, God will work it for good in the end. All of our struggles, trials, difficulties, pain and suffering will be taken by our wonderful and loving God and turned around to be used for good. God can use the evil, hatred, and pain that we face and use them for good in our lives. While He doesn’t remove these difficult times from our lives, He knows each struggle we face and continually uses them to accomplish good in our lives.

    Most importantly, when we remain faithful to God, He will keep us from falling. Jude 24 says, “Now to him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy.” There is no devil, or demon, or evil person, or world power that can remove us from God’s love and the blessings we have of being His child. We can choose to leave Him just as the prodigal son did, but there is not a force in this world or the world to come that can force us away from God as long as we stay true to Him. So while it might sometimes seem like we have been left “alone in the woods”, the reality is, our God is a wonderful, powerful, protective God who is continually watching over each aspect of our lives. Our wonderful God knows what we are facing and keeps us from facing more than we can bear. Our God is taking every evil thing we face and turning it around for good in our lives. Reality: We are never alone in this life!