NEVER ALONE

Have you ever experienced a time when you have felt completely alone in the battle you were facing? What did you do to get through it?

The book of 1 Samuel opens up with a story about a woman who understood what being lonely in the midst of a crowd looked like. The woman’s name was Hannah. Though she was loved dearly by her husband, Elkanah, Hannah felt alone because she longed for a child but had none.

What’s important to realize is that Hannah’s loneliness was not brought on simply because she didn’t have a child; it was fueled by the fire her co-wife, Peninnah, would often light under Hannah as she provoked her. At times your loneliness will be harder to bear not just because of what you are going through but because of the provoking the devil piles on top of your lonely state. The place where Hannah would be provoked at and how often it happened was interesting in itself.

 7 So it went on year by year. As often as she went up to the house of the Lord, she used to provoke her.        Therefore Hannah wept and would not eat.  1 Sam.1:7

Hannah was provoked not only year after year after year but also “as often” as Hannah went to the Lord’s house (aka to church, to bible study). Hannah was continuously provoked. This wasn’t a one- time affair that she could just, “get over”. One thing to remember about our enemy – the devil – is that he never tires taunting and discouraging us. He doesn’t just make it his business, it is his business. Even when you go into God’s presence, the enemy will try to provoke you there. So what do you do? Like Hannah, you keep going into God’s presence. What if after a year I still feel like I’m alone in the battle and the provoking does not stop? You keep going in. You never stop going in. Remember that what feels like, ‘I’m all alone’, is just that; a feeling and not a fact. God promises over and over in the scriptures that He does not, never ever will, leave us alone (Heb.13:5, Is.49:15, Ps.23:4). I love that Hannah chose persistence over the provoking she kept facing.

Do you know why you should keep going into God’s presence? It’s because, the very solution you need for what you are facing – loneliness – is found in God’s presence. Several years ago I went through a very challenging season, one of the most challenging seasons I have ever experienced in my life. I kept being belittled and mistreated. This happened daily, Monday through Friday. At first I thought I was over playing it in my mind, yet the more I shared with those close to me what I was experiencing the more I heard, “you know that’s not normal, right?” It got so overwhelming that getting out of bed each morning would cause me such great sadness. Then the provoking began, not just from people but also from the devil, “where’s God now?” “Now what will you do? God doesn’t care.” “You are on you own.” The belittling and the provoking went on for at least eighteen months. In those months I felt so alone. It felt like no one, not even God, could grasp the intense agony and stress I felt. I was all alone, so I thought. Yet I knew that I knew that I had to keep going into God’s presence. Was it easy? No. Some days all I could do in God’s presence was cry, then cry, and then cry some more. But I kept going. In Hannah’s case, it was while she was in the tabernacle balling her eyes out to God and asking for a child that she got her solution. God sent a prophet called Eli to deliver His (God’s) solution to her,

 9 After they had eaten and drunk in Shiloh, Hannah rose. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat beside the doorpost of the temple of the Lord. 10 She was deeply distressed and prayed to the Lord and wept bitterly. 11 And she vowed a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if you will indeed look on the affliction of your servant and remember me and not forget your servant, but will give to your servant a son, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall touch his head.” 12 As she continued praying before the Lord, Eli observed her mouth. 13 Hannah was speaking in her heart; only her lips moved, and her voice was not heard. Therefore Eli took her to be a drunken woman. 14 And Eli said to her, “How long will you go on being drunk? Put your wine away from you.” 15 But Hannah answered, “No, my lord, I am a woman troubled in spirit. I have drunk neither wine nor strong drink, but I have been pouring out my soul before the Lord. 16 Do not regard your servant as a worthless woman, for all along I have been speaking out of my great anxiety and vexation.” 17 Then Eli answered, “Go in peace, and the God of Israel grant your petition that you have made to him.” 18 And she said, “Let your servant find favor in your eyes.” Then the woman went her way and ate, and her face was  no longer sad.   1 Sam.1:9-18

Hannah went through a lonely period for years. I went through a lonely period for eighteen months. I don’t know how long your lonely period has been or how long it will be but I promise you that when you place it before God, it will have an expiration date stamped on it. Hannah’s ended. Mine ended. They ended in the presence of our good, loving, solutions-providing God. Just keep going into God’s presence as you persist beyond the provoking. Your solution is a God-presence-moment away. Your Kinsman & Keeper is with you.

12 thoughts on “NEVER ALONE”

  1. Thankyou for sharing and reminding me that God’s presence is where I need to be always and especially during those challenging times, God bless

    1. Welcome Sal. Thanks for taking time to read the blog. You are right on it; we need to just park in God’s presence always. Be blessed

  2. Thank you for sharing. It motivated to look at the story of Hannah again and learn more. Truly we are never alone even if we feel alone God is always there.

  3. Great read and very motivational! We surely never alone. God is our great friend and His presence is Everlasting.

  4. This is such a powerful reminder that even when we are lonely we are never really alone. Thank you for sharing your heart and testimony, and for this awesome lesson about Hannah’s struggles, her persistence, and faithfulness. Barikiwa sana!

    1. Thanks Beth for reading my blog! You are right, we are never really alone. If our hearts belong to Him, God (our Kinsman & Keeper) is always right there beside us. Be blessed

  5. 💯 encouraging. Thanks for sharing your story too. Hannah’s story reminds us that no matter the delay, we’re right on time in God’s perfect will. Trusting in His goodness and kindness to us is key! In deed, He is our KINSMAN and KEEPER. God bless you sis. Looking out for more.

    1. Thanks for visiting my blog Jennifer! You said it well – trusting in Him. May that be found more and more in us as we walk this journey called, “life”.

  6. Wow! What a great story. So refreshing, raw and real. You are gifted my sister! Allow the Lord to continue to pour into you. There is so much He wants to reveal to you.

    1. Thanks Carla for visiting my blog! I yield to all of the Lord’s plans for my life. Thanks for the encouragement.

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