God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5–6, NIV 1984).
But as if to knock me down
Reality came around
And without so much as a mere touch
Cut me into little pieces
Leaving me to doubt
Talk about God in His mercy
Who if He really does exist
Why did He desert me?
In my hour of need
I truly am indeed
Alone again, naturally
It seems to me that there are more hearts
Broken in the world that can’t be mended
What do we do? What do we do?
Alone again, Naturally — Gilbert O’Sullivan
My Musings – Reality does seem to come around and knock us done all too frequently. Yet for those who are in Christ Jesus, there is no reason to doubt God and His mercy. He will not allow us to be cut into little pieces. He is there in all our hours of need. Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18–20, NIV 1984). The disciples have been gone for a long time now, and we have not yet reached the end of the age. So, this promise extends to all believers.
This is not to say we will not be knocked down now and again. Down, but never out. We may, on occasion have our hearts broken. But they will be mended. If not in this age, then in the age to come. But even if the mending is not in this world, we are never left as orphans. We are never left unattended.
My Advice – “What do we do? What do we do?” If you are a believer, do not doubt. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33, NIV 1984). Be at peace. The LORD is your helper. Do not be afraid. What can man do to you?
“What do we do? What do we do?” If you are not a believer, it would be better for you if God did not exist. Because the above promises are not for you. You are alone again, naturally. For even if you do avoid getting knocked down and cut into little pieces in this life, you will not be so lucky in the next life. In the next life all that remains for you is “weeping and gnashing of teeth” and “torment in this flame.” I know this sounds harsh. It is harsh. It is also true. “But take heart!” Because Jesus overcame the world, you can too. By placing your faith in Him. Read my “The Born Again Experience” blogs. They will show you how you can be “born again, unnaturally,”