You ever feel like no one understands what you are going through or have been through? Maybe you feel like you’re all alone in dealing with whatever life has served. You have friends, but they don’t understand, and worse, they don’t have time for your problems.
Alone is sometimes a very hard place to be.
There was a prophet in the Old Testament (many years before Jesus) who thought he was alone. He was really good at speaking on God’s behalf. When God had a message, Elijah was the man to deliver it. His boldness to proclaim the word of God didn’t win him many friends, however.
One family who received many of God’s warnings through Elijah happened to be the king and queen. Ahab and Jezebel were evil in the sight of God, and God used Elijah to explain that to them. This, of course, kept their sins in their faces and caused them to become angry at Elijah. In fact, they were angry at anyone who spoke in the name of Jehovah God.
So they sought out and killed all the prophets.
Elijah was on the run. He ran way down to the south and hid in a cave on the very same mountain God gave Moses the Ten Commandments. He was praying and weeping to God:
“I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, broken down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.” (1 Kings 19:10)
Do you hear it?
“I’m the only one left”
“No one understands me…they’re trying to kill me”
God understood, and so He called Elijah out of the cave and spoke to Him through a gentle whisper. He comforted Elijah and told him to keep working to spread God’s word throughout the land. Then he let him in on a little secret – there are seven thousand others who also worship God alone.
God reminded Elijah that though it may have seemed like he was alone and everyone was out to get him, the truth was that he wasn’t alone. He just needed to look around and see that others were going through the same thing.
In Galatians 6:2, the apostle Paul reminded the church that when they bear one another’s burdens they are fulling the law of Christ – which is to love.
If you’re going through a rough time, tell someone. A true friend won’t think you’re a burden. Your problems are important because you are important. You are a child of God, and He wants to remind you that you are not alone in this.