And he said, I have been very jealous for the Lord God of hosts: for the children of Israel have forsaken thy covenant, thrown down thine altars, and slain thy prophets with the sword; and I, even I only, am left; and they seek my life, to take it away. 1 Kings 19:10
Have you ever felt alone? Have you ever wondered if anyone really cares? You are not alone. Many times, even God’s children can feel like this. Maybe we have shunned help, then felt rejection. Sometimes others who promised to help never show up. In the midst of all this we feel very much alone and even feel abandoned. What makes us feel this way? We could complicate this thought, but reality is the insecurities sown into us.
How would you complete this sentence? I am not _______ enough. I heard Brother Mike Singletary (yes the famous linebacker and coach) speak on this point. He pointed out that this first statement was first shown us in the Garden of Eden when the Lord God called to Adam and Adam said, “I was naked.” Remember what the Lord said afterwards? “Who told you that you were naked?” The reality is, we all feel something missing in us. We all feel inadequate. Believe it or not Elijah cried to God and said, “I, even I only, am left.” What is interesting is Elijah was used of God in defeating all the Baal priests and prophets. He prayed for rain and God gave it. He was a man that was used and all seemed well, that is until he was threatened. Maybe Elijah thought, “I’m not strong enough.” or even, “I’m not loved or appreciated enough.” Whatever it was, Elijah felt low and abandoned.
So many people look only to themselves and feel less of themselves. They put on weight and say, “I’m not pretty enough.” Some feel they are the only ones that can do anything. “I’m not cared for enough.” No one cares for me. “I’m not needed.” Yet, look around you. Do you have one friend? When the time came, when Jesus would go to the cross, that He went alone, yet, He knew it was enough. What He did at Calvary was redeem us eternally to Him. We ran… He gathered. We are enough if we have Jesus as our Lord and Savior. The secret to all this? He loved us even while we were yet sinners. With tenderness He has said, “You might not think your good enough, but I have made you more. I have called you to me. Now you are complete.”
You are never alone.