EVEN IF YOU MUST STAND ALONE by Joshua L. Pappas

No one truly wants to be alone, much less stand alone for something against the entire world. God is a living being, a person, and thus desires fellowship with other free-willed beings. Among the reasons for creating mankind was God’s desire to bless us with the joy of knowing him, and that he might show us his love (Eph 2:4-7). With such a nature infused into our very souls (Gen 1:26-27), we seek fellowship, and the love and acceptance that accompanies it. It is a joy to face either blessing or trial arm in arm with those of like, precious faith.

While those of sound mind desire brothers and sisters, friends and comrades, there are times when one must decide whether or not to stand for what is right alone. When Jesus’ ministry had led him to Gethsemane on the night of his betrayal, when the mob came to take him, all of his companions left his side. He was left to stand for God by himself; even the “disciple he loved,” John, left him. Jesus endured the mockings, beatings, rejection, and crucifixion, because it was the Father’s will, all alone. But, was he truly alone?

The writer of Hebrews wrote, “[For] he has said, ’I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we can confidently say, ’The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?’”[ (Heb 13:5-6 ESV). God is the one with whom all humanity must deal when judgment comes (Heb 9:27, 4:13, Rom 14:12). It is only God that men must seek to please (Luke 4:8). Indeed there are times when no other man, woman, or child will stand with the faithful one for what is right and true. It may seem to be, or may even literally be the case that the child of God is standing against the whole world at times. Even so, it is in those times, that, knowing the faithfulness of God, the true disciple will stand for right, even if he must stand alone.

 

 

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