On the voyage to Rome, Paul did not hide in his cabin when the storm arose; he went on deck and took command of the situation. Too many Christians huddle in staterooms these days, discussing Euroclydon instead of rising to the occasion in the name of the Lord. It is much easier to stay hidden and deplore the tempest. We need to be on deck with a word for the passengers.
ALONE, YET NOT ALONE
Behold, the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered every man to his own, and shall leave me alone: and yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me.
Blessed paradox of the Saviour and the Saint! Our Lord was a solitary soul, yet not alone. And the Christian who presses into the deeper things of God will often be lonely but never alone. Paul was lonely in the Roman prison: “All men forsook me.” But he was not alone: “The Lord stood with me.”
“He that sent me is with me: the Father hath not left me alone.” Jacob may fancy himself alone in a strange land, with a stone for a pillow, but he will make a discovery: “Surely the Lord is in this place and I knew it not.”
Live as though He were with you, for He is. You have His word for it and you can be confident of His promise, though you may not be conscious of His presence.
Even through the Valley of Death’s Shadow, “I will fear no evil, FOR THOU ART WITH ME.” Alone yet not alone!