I have great friend and a wonderful mentor. His name is Chaplain Harold Moore. He has been a chaplain for about 35 years now. He served in the Army for 27 years. 20 years as a chaplain and 7 enlisted. He is a veteran with a passion to serve the Lord and to help others. He has written a wonderful message about times when we may be feeling alone. He shared this message with me recently when I have been struggling with feeling solitary. The message hit home and helped me so I wanted to share it with you.
Today, as I am running behind I read Psalm 16. One of my favorite verses is in this chapter.
Psalm 16:1-2, 5,9,11,"Protect me, God, for I take refuge in You. 2 I said to Yahweh, “You are my Lord; I have nothing good besides You...Lord, You are my portion and my cup of blessing;...Therefore my heart is glad and my spirit rejoices; my body also rests securely. You reveal the path of life to me; in Your presence is abundant joy; in Your right hand are eternal pleasures."
The underlined verse is one of my favorites. God showed me the path to eternal life in Christ, brings me abundant joy and promises me eternal pleasure with Him. What a God we love and serve!
Dr. Swindoll continues his look at Abraham's life today, but the focus is on Hagar-the maidservant who is the mother of Ishmael. She is the one that Sarah insisted be driven out into the desert. The Scripture is Genesis 21:16-17 and the title is "Never Alone."
Hagar came to a place where she was exhausted and thought she and the baby were going to die. An angel of the Lord came and told her that they would be okay and would not die. In my favorite verses from Psalm 16 above we are reminded that God will never leave us alone. In Matthew 28:20, Jesus said He would be with us "always." In Hebrews 13:5 the Lord says, "Your life should be free from the love of money. Be satisfied with what you have, for He Himself has said, I will never leave you or forsake you."
One of my favorite hymns is "Never Alone," the chorus says,
No, never alone, No, never alone - He promised never to leave me, Never to leave me alone;(2 times)
God promises we will never be left alone-that He will always be with us. Hallelujah-glory to God in the highest!
A. America-spiritual awakening!
B. Godly leaders who are Spirit-filled and Spirit led!
C. The election, that God's will be done.
D. For Chaplain (LTC) Dan Thompson, Air Force, and his family stationed at Keesler AFB is Biloxi, MS. Safety during and after the hurricane.
When Hagar was forced to leave Abraham’s camp, she wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba, a region roughly thirty miles southwest of Hebron. Hagar, like most suddenly single parents, faced the challenge of having to survive alone, having to make too little provision cover too many needs, and wondering if God still cared.
Perhaps you’re experiencing a time in your life when you feel absolutely alone. Your future is bleak, and you can’t remember the last time you really laughed. Your soul is parched, and you don’t know where to turn.
At the risk of sounding like a preacher, may I offer a few words of hope?
You need to know that while you feel all alone, you are not alone. God sees you. He hears your weeping. He will care for you and turn your sorrow into dancing. The nights are long, but God will sustain you and restore you. He will see you through the barrenness of Beersheba. You will be whole again—and sooner than you think.
If you identify with Hagar, take heart. When your life has recovered from this dark time, the strength you will have gained will compensate for those desperately difficult days. In the meantime, I repeat: please know that God has not left you alone. As Hagar lay weeping in despair and the young man lay dying of thirst, God heard their sorrow. He knows that you’re trapped between deep regret and gnawing bitterness. He understands you. And He will never leave you alone."
Rejoicing with you that we are never left alone. Chap Harold