Wisdom From Oasis

When They’re All Gone

Hello, Beloved Reader! I’m Faith. Thanks for visiting me today.

“(For the Lord thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them.” — Deuteronomy 4:31

“Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” — Deuteronomy 31:6

“And the Lord, he it is that doth go with thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.” — Deuteronomy 31:8

Notice the words in bold. Notice the word forsake. I like to know the basics of things and try to break things down as simply as I can most of the time. And I like to know exacts. So, what exactly does forsake mean? According to Google’s dictionary forsake means to “abandon (someone or something)” orĀ  to “renounce or give up (something valued or pleasant).”

I told you to notice the words in bold, now really pay attention to them. These three verses are telling Israel that God wouldn’t abandon them. So, I’m going to break it down nice and simple for you. The children of Israel were God’s people, His children, and He told them that He would never abandon them. We are His children, too. And as children of God, He will never leave us.

But what happens when they’re all gone?

The “they” that I’m talking about are people. When we are alone for so long, we start feeling down on ourselves. We think we aren’t anything special, that people don’t care about us, and we start to think we don’t have any friends. Sometimes, we feel that we are unlike everyone else. That we are different and no one likes us because of that. Maybe we start to think that we aren’t appreciated. When “they” are all gone, when empty air surrounds us, if we aren’t careful, we will dive too deep into our own heads.

The devil is really having a time with America right now, well the whole world really. He’s relishing the fact that people are quarantined. He plays with people’s minds, and one of the best times he can do that is when we are by ourselves. “Stuck at home?” he says, “Oh, now I can really have some fun.” And he begins to work away, piecing things together about people, when it’s a complete lie. Then, we get down and depressed. We start believing the lies. After all, it’s not so hard when they make sense, right? Then, when we are pinned against people, we start pushing them away, wishing to be alone. And then the devil can do more damage in our minds.

That’s where you need to realize something.

“They” might be all gone, but He isn’t. Yes, it is nice to have people validate us. It’s nice to see people, talk with them, and laugh with them. And yes, it is lonely when they aren’t around. But, as much as we need people, we need God more. If you were the only person in the world, you could survive alone if you had God. But, if you had every rich man in the world at your side, and everything you need taken care of, without God, you couldn’t last one second.

So, when everyone is gone, what do you do?

Before you start creating pandemonium in your head about who doesn’t like you and who is not your friend, take a step back. Imagine your mind to the left, and God to the right. Then, head right! Take the path closest to God.

The devil wants to make you think that you aren’t good enough, that no one loves you, and you’re not appreciated. And he likes to do that when we are alone, with no one to tell us otherwise. So, instead of listening to him, take up your Bible and listen to the One who loves you, and thought you were enough to send His Son to die for. Run from the devil’s lies. Listen to God’s truth.

Being alone is a struggle for just about anyone. But if you’re a child of God, then you are never truly alone, are you?

— Faith Cross

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