Monday: May 25, 2020
John 16:32 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.
I remember seeing an entire office play a prank on a coworker who fell asleep at his desk during working hours. They all quietly went into a different room, turned off the lights and called his desk phone. He woke up startled and confused. Yet, you could see the look of absolute fear on his face as he thought about all the things that could have happened. Amongst them, facing the reality that ‘he was alone’.
For many, this is a big fear: that there will be a moment when they look around and realise ‘I think no one cares’ or ‘there is no one else on my side but me’. That moment where they acknowledge that ‘ no one else is present or involved in their matter’. This dimension is usually seen in the context of a physical presence thus, Jesus aimed to establish that ‘companionship wasn’t only about being physically present’.
He proposed that even though there will be a time when everyone around Him will be scattered abroad, He would still not be alone. Therefore, even without people visibly around, He suggested that he still had company. This is important because there are some who still feel they are alone even while surrounded by thousands.
Even with God, He could still be present in our situation and yet we might still feel unaccompanied, unloved and alone; which should not be the case. This presents the notion that it is possible to have presence without actual companionship, and that is sadly where some of us find ourselves.
Sweetheart, we ought to grow towards an integration of presence with companionship. More importantly, we ought to grow to appreciate that because we cannot see God, doesn’t mean we are alone, for we continue taking breaths even without seeing air.
Rest assured, He is with us.