The “Lone” Ranger

The Bible calls us to be there for others who need us. (It also calls for some to be there for us). This works most effectively when we and they are indeed concerned enough to meet this responsibility. Scriptures' pages are full of this. Love one another, pray for one another, lift one another up, comfort one another, encourage one another, challenge one another, etc. are directly or indirectly taught in God's Word. We are not intended to be "lone" rangers! Having said that, and not in any way downplaying it, there are times when we do need to be alone. Jesus commanded His Disciples, and this also applies to us, ".…come apart (aside) and rest a while…." (From Mark 6:31).  My own Pastor, years ago, admonished us: "Beware of the barrenness of a busy life." When we isolate ourselves from all but Him, we are better prepared to minister to others. There will also be times when we will be all alone. This kind of aloneness is not of our own choosing. It may be persecution, the loss of a loved one, some personal trial too difficult to share with any other human being, because they wouldn't understand. At times like this, we are not quite all alone. Look at Paul in prison facing execution. He said, "At my first answer (defense) no man stood with me, but all men forsook me……Notwithstanding, the Lord stood with me and strengthened me…." (From II Timothy 4:16-17). If we are His, we can rely on His Presence and sustaining Grace in every trial! Selah! If we learn to regularly come alone to Him, He will always come to us in our times of need. If our "quiet time" makes us aware of His Presence, we will sense His Presence when we need it more than any other time in our lives.   Ron

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