Trials come upon us like the ocean torrents in a storm; crash, boom, bang, we find it hard to rise up to catch a breath before the next wave pummels us. We reach out but feel as though no one is there. The salt water of grief hinders our sight and it seems we are alone in this current of craziness. Alone. Alone.
How many people feel alone when the world is all around, walking by, unaware of the pain and difficulty we are facing? Too often we don’t see the people waiting to surround us and comfort us. We wallow in our circumstances. Isolation seems easier than bare all our ugly. Alone isn’t where we really want to be but that is the place we go. Alone. Trapped. Lonely.
Isolation is a trap, slowly suffocating your soul.
Solomon, the wise, wrote that he who “isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgement”.
Wouldn’t it be easier to hide? Or maybe wise when we are hurting? Maybe, just maybe, Solomon had a point. Danger is lurking and when the swells of trial fall upon us, who will lift us up if we have hidden and isolated ourselves?
Again, wise Solomon had something to share,
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-11
Moses, Aaron and Hur; three friends who stood together. Moses had nothing left, his arms were weary and body weak. His friends came to hold up his hands and they remained until sunset. They remained until there was victory. Good friends will hold our hands up when we can’t do it anymore. There are always good friends to be had.
Are you Moses? Weary, exhausted, weak? Have you pushed away your Aaron and Hur? Have you tried winning the battle on your own? Oh, let it go. Stop trying to be brave and fight on your own. You are not alone. At creation, God said it wasn’t good to be alone and even now, He calls His bride , the many, to be one. Carry each other’s burdens (Gal. 6:2), be encouraged by the strong in heart, be held up by the strong (1 Thess. 5:14), togetherness. Paul encouraged the church to draw near together so that we can spur each other on in love and good deeds and to come together all the more as the Day of Christ’s return is approaching. More and more togetherness.
Illness doesn’t make us immune to the enemy attack or lessen it. As a matter of fact, the enemy of our souls would rather wipe us out than let us use the trial for God’s glory. We must be sober minded and watchful. The adversary of our souls is prowling around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8) He is looking to destroy us in anyway he can.
Draw near, Dear One. Draw near to God and draw near to His church. God has people ready, willing to love you right where you are. I am praying for you to allow God to bring “Aaron and Hur’s” into your life, people who will call you out when you are in sin and hold you up when you are weak, friends to hold your hands up until you experience victory. Let’s flee from isolation and join biblical community.