Do you ever feel as if you are all alone?
Alone in your situation, in your struggles, alone in your marriage, alone in this world…
There have been countless times I feel hopeless and alone. So often we believe the lie that we are all alone. Our hopelessness fuels the lie and our strength dwindles as we sink further into isolation. Silent sufferers.
I wanted to share a message with you today that I hope will encourage you, bolster your faith, and increase your strength. Please read the story below from 1 Kings 19:9-18
And the word of the Lord came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
10 He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”
11 The Lord said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.”
Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave.
Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”
14 He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.”
15 The Lord said to him, “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram. 16 Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholahto succeed you as prophet. 17 Jehu will put to death any who escape the sword of Hazael, and Elisha will put to death any who escape the sword of Jehu. 18 Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.”
Elijah believed that he was all alone. In fact he had the lie on repeat, didn’t he?! Twice God asks Elijah a question and Elijah responded both times convinced that he was all alone.
Amidst the chaos, the loud noise, the fierce conditions of what was happening around him… God whispers, “You are not alone!”
God had a plan. God had purpose for Elijah. God had a huge group of people waiting for Elijah. Elijah was not alone. God called Elijah out of isolation to make relationships with other people. And my friend you are not alone! God is calling you out of isolation, inviting you to make relationships with other people.
Despite your circumstance, despite your sin, despite all of the fierce conditions happening around you and despite the lie you have been listening to…you are not alone.
God is whispering to you now…”You are not alone!”
There are women who are waiting to hear about your struggles, waiting to relate to your story, waiting to rally alongside you and help you as you help them. It is time to break the silence. It is time to allow God’s voice to comfort your heart. It is time to glorify God through your suffering as you acknowledge the truth of God.
You are not alone.
If you feel as if you are alone and you want to break the silence… please leave a comment below and share your testimony. If you read a testimony below and relate, please reply and let us rally alongside each other to affirm, encourage and strengthen one another in Jesus’ name!