Now, none of us are spiritual supermen and superwomen — we don’t have it all together, and we don’t need to act like we do.
All of us at one time or another have been there and somebody is there today. I feel it in my spirit. When we get like that we need to be reminded of some things — not that we don’t know, because we do, but it has been crowded out of our mind by other things. I am the instrument that God is using to remind you of something that you can take with you when you go throughout the day, and that is “Come back down to earth; get your head out of the sand; act like you know what the word is … you are “never alone!”
It makes no difference where you are at this morning, you are “never alone” — which means you are never by yourself, which means you are never out of his presence. Take your eyes off of the stuff, wake up out of your slumber state of mind, snap out of your hypnosis, speak to yourself and say “self” wake up! Snap out of it! I’m not in this thing by myself!
Now I have to admit, we can find ourselves in some very scary places, some dark alley places. I admit that things can come out of left field from nowhere and knock us into another world, so to speak. I will admit that things can happen to rock your world, push you out of the normal routine of things, interrupt your schedule and leave you wondering what happened.
Even if where you are is a hot place, one that is stressful and uncomfortable, a place where the rug has been snatched out from under your feet — that same savior that came to save you and keep you from falling into the pit is still with you right now! He has never left you!
I said I came this morning, to say “lift up your head o you gates and be you lifted up; and the king of glory shall come in (Psalm 24:7)!” Knowing as I do how things can happen so fast, I came by to put in your spirit that when the dark clouds rise and the water rises above your head remember that you are not under the water by yourself! Being a sympathetic preacher, I must say that it can seem like we have been forgotten by God; it can seem like we have been forsaken by God. No doubt that’s the way Israel felt in Isaiah 43, being in captivity in a foreign land they must have felt like they were abandoned by God!
But God is omnipresent. He is everywhere. We may turn our back on him, but he will never turn his back on us. What a comfort to know that God is with us no matter what. We are never alone.
The Rev. George T. Ellis is pastor of Union Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Laurinburg.