Have you ever felt alone? I don’t mean alone in the sense that everybody else in the house happens to be out running an errand. What I mean is alone in the sense that you are out on a road trip by yourself, and when you stop at the overlook of a great valley to soak up the grandeur, you stand there looking out and no-one else is around, your cell phone says no-service, and your bike is silent waiting for you to turn the key. You may pause in that moment, and consider how alone you are. The view is spectacular, but you have no-one to share it with because you are alone, completely alone.
If you are like me, being this alone is kind of uncomfortable, and when I am this alone, my thoughts turn to God. The Bible tells us that we are never out of His sight, never so alone that He can’t see us.
One of the verses I like is;
Psalm 16:8 “I know the LORD is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.”
Another that is even more powerful is;
Psalm 23:4 “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”
So, we are never really alone. At least if you believe what I have been sharing with you all these years, that God is real, and He loves each of us and wants to have a personal relationship with us.
Lately I have been reading an author from the 1700s named Søren Kierkegaard. He was a genius, and a philosopher. Probably because of that he tended to over analyze everything. He certainly analyzed the Bible at great length, and eventually came to a place where he did believe in God. One of the things Kierkegaard wrote in one of his 25 authored books was that he could classify people into one of two categories. Authentic and In-genuine. You can probably imagine which group you might want to be in. Unfortunately we all sometimes fall into the in-genuine category, because we hear something we don’t understand and instead of trying to figure out what it means we just put it out of our mind as something to be considered later. I have done that, and I’m sure you have too. But the thing is, do you really want to put off considering whether God is real when avoiding this decision can effect your life forever?
Kierkegaard said that it only takes a “leap of faith” to believe that God is real. I have taken that leap, what about you?