“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
“Yet I Am Not Alone”
(Please read John 16:32)
“Could you men not keep watch with me for one hour?” Jesus asked. There must have been disappointment in his voice as he looked at his inner circle – Peter, James and John – sleeping on the ground. Their sleep was involuntary, no doubt, for they had had a hard day and doubtless were very tired. But Jesus had told them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” Then he had gone a little farther and opened his heart in prayer to the Father, and in a way they had let him down. (See Matthew 26:36-46.)
The words of our text occurred a little earlier that evening, when Jesus correctly foretold that his disciples would scatter. But the wonderful fact was that he still would not be alone. He knew his refuge was his Father, and the Father would help him get through his ordeal.
All of us have had our times of sadness and near-despair because of troubles in our own lives or the lives of others. For Christians, those times are cushioned by our faith that there is still Someone available to provide help. God is our refuge, our comforter, our helper in time of need. Sometimes a whole family may feel, after some devastating blow, that nobody else understands their trouble and they have only one another to lean on, but God is still there for them.
Next time you’re in distress, try recalling the words of our text. You are not alone. “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7, NIV).