Am I Alone?

Does Anyone Know What I go Through?

Have you ever travelled into the wilderness or forest somewhere, and just stopped and listened to the silence? Or have you climbed to the top of a mountain and as far as your eye could see there was just hills, mountains and trees. Perhaps you were the only person there.

There is something peaceful about being alone in nature, with just the beautiful hues of green to gaze upon. But we have to ask ourselves "Who created all these beautiful things?" and "Does He care about me now?"

We are living in a sad world and often in our life we suffer pain and hardship, but when we are at our lowest, when our pain seems the greatest and we feel like giving up, we must ask the question: "Am I alone"? Is there anyone who can be with me in the hardest times of my life?

To answer this question, lets take a look at an amazing story from the Bible.

In Daniel Chapter 3 we are read about a king called Nebuchadnezzar (pronounced Neh-bu-kad-nez-ze) and three men.

In Daniel 3:1 the Bible says:

Nebuchadnezzar the king made an image of gold, whose height [was] threescore cubits, [and] the breadth thereof six cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura, in the province of Babylon.

Nebuchadnezzar the king made this huge statue of gold that was threescore cubits (or 90 feet) high! Then the next few verses say that he sent messages to all his princes, governors, captains, judges etc. of his kingdom, telling them to come for the opening or dedication of this great golden statue.

So all the important men of his kingdom gathered for this great occasion.

Nebuchadnezzar was a proud king, and wanted all his subjects to worship him, so (in verses 5-6) he commanded that on the sound of the music that everyone should bow down and worship him, and acknowledge his power. And he said that if anyone did not fall down and worship then they would be burnt alive in a furnace.

So (in verse 7) the music played and all the people fell down and worshipped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar had set up. But no! We see in verses 8-12 that there were three men who refused to bow down and worship the king Nebuchadnezzar and his image! And some of the people nearby came to the king and told him that there were three men who refused to bow down and worship the golden image. They said:

Daniel 3:12 There are certain Jews whom thou hast set over the affairs of the province of Babylon, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego; these men, O king, have not regarded thee: they serve not thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.

Nebuchadnezzar was furious! His pride was touched and he commanded that the men be brought to him.

Daniel 3:13 Then Nebuchadnezzar in [his] rage and fury commanded to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Then they brought these men before the king.

Then the king spoke to the three men.

Daniel 3:14-15
Nebuchadnezzar spake and said unto them, [Is it] true, O Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, do not ye serve my gods, nor worship the golden image which I have set up?
Now if ye be ready that at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of music, ye fall down and worship the image which I have made; [well]: but if ye worship not, ye shall be cast the same hour into the midst of a burning fiery furnace; and who [is] that God that shall deliver you out of my hands?

Nebuchadnezzar didn't want to throw these men into the furnace to be burnt alive, so he gave them another chance. He said that he would play the music once more, and if they would just bow down then that would be ok. But if they didn't then they would be case into the middle of a burning fiery furnace.

So Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego (the three men) answer the king:

Daniel 3:16-18
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we [are] not careful to answer thee in this matter.
If it be [so], our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver [us] out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.

What an amazing answer! They said that they weren't careful to answer in this matter, that means that this wasn't a decision that they had to think about, they already were certain that they could not bow down and worship the king and his image because they believed in the true God and they couldn't pay homage to anyone but Him.

These three men were in some real trouble! Was God there to help them? Or had He forgotten about them, so now are they at the mercy of king Nebuchadnezzar?

Lets see:

Daniel 3:19
Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego: [therefore] he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated.

Now Nebuchadnezzar was furious! And in his rage he commanded that the furnace be heated seven times hotter than normal and the three men were bound (verses 20-23) and thrown into the fiery furnace.

But had God failed them? The story doesn't end there, lets have a look at the next verse or two:

Daniel 3:24
Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, [and] spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king.
He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.

Nebuchadnezzar was astonished and leapt off his throne to look into the furnace, because he saw four men walking in the middle of the fire. No, the true and living God had not failed them!

When their trial was the greatest, Jesus was standing there with them and preserved them from being burnt in the furnace.

And God is the same today as he was all those years ago, He will be with you and me just like he was with those three men who stood up for the right. What a loving Saviour we have!

So don't despair whatever is happening to you, perhaps things are getting a bit hot in your life, but remember that when your trials are greatest, Jesus is there with you.

Hebrews 13:5

...for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

- by Emmanuel Higgins



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11 comments

Northern Starr

1 month ago

The greatest truth that has yet to be challenged, is in always knowing, " nothing can be made possible, without God." In all the protection I received, in my challenging life, I witnessed within me, the power to conquor mountains, knowing I was never alone, in a world, that wanted to make me believe, I was, and through my darkest moments of my life, the ability to see the light of God, as the most powerful force in this infinity, that lead me to believe in his constant battle for a perfect world, and his accomplishing ways of knowing, his righteousness brings the world back to his heaven, of complete solidarity, and astonishing surrender, of a truth that lives beyond an entity of completion, ever known beyond his Universe, captured in every moment, that is lost in its time. God is a power, with endless possibilities, of beauty, pleasure, and the passion of being, never alone, in times of challenging moments, you capture, the essence of the most powerful force in, and out, of time, " The Light of God."

Diarmuid

5 months ago

I am really seared about my self the these things I have be thought this about my good friend as mine his name is Alex row but I can't get thought it

Jossy

8 months ago

jesus never leaves us

The Real Truth

9 months ago

God did say that man should never be alone, and it is very hard for us trying to find love and happiness after seeing so many other Very Blessed Men And Women that have found it with one another.

madelin

2 years ago

I love it god bless u

Babette

4 years ago

Thank you, Joel...your reply comforted me...it proved that I am not alone...God used you as one of His angels to assure me that He hears me.... I feel better now...God bless you, my unseen friend...Babette.

Joel

4 years ago

This is where faith comes in Babette. You cannot see God, but He IS there with you. If you ask Him, His presence will be there with you. You need to believe that, even though you cannot see or feel it, because the Bible says so.

Babette

4 years ago

Yes, it is a gem...however, it is not a reality...merely words on a computer... I am still alone, in my home, viewing words on a page...immovable in spirit to touch or hear or feel... even though the God I worship is Reality, He, too, is immovable in my spirit to touch or hear or feel today.....I AM alone, physically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually: my computer is my only confidante...So...I ask: "God, All powerful Deity, if YOU are reading this, for what purpose mght I ably serve for YOU when I am 91 years old, my only confidante and advisor being my Holy Bible to inspire me to prayer..?? LORD, YOU gave me ears to hear: "Speak, LORD, I lift my heart to YOU in prayer..' " Amen

Robert Pannekoek

4 years ago

Amen, it's a blessing to contemplate such blessings. God bless you abundantly. Keep up the good work. In this day, not only are we not alone because Jesus is there with us, but also because there are thousands of Christians and followers of other religions that are experiencing far deeper difficulties than we are in our easy western life. Not to belittle the obvious pain we are experiencing, but to remember thousands of others are also going through the fire. At this very moment some little children are being torn from their families, never to be seen again, and we don't even want to go there...May God help us to make a real difference for this world that is so crazy and so evil, and aid in bringing an end to sin and suffering. To know that others are experiencing the same as us, is helpful. I am sure those three worthies took courage from each other's courage. Yet the time is here and is coming when we will have to draw warmth from others coldness, courage from their cowardice, strength from their weakness, and loyalty from their treason... Wow, thanks be to God who always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and who always giveth us the victory...who will not suffer us to be tempted above that we are able, but will with the temptation also make a way of escape, that we may be able to bear it.

Julie

4 years ago

thank you so much emmanuel ......these words of encouragement are exactly as I needed. May God bless this work!!

Joel

4 years ago

Thanks Emmanuel, that's a powerful thought. It reminds of a song that i really like, that goes like this: Walking Through the Flames Many years ago In a time of woe Three young men faced a bitter test. For the king decreed that they not be freed. But instead he had bound them fast Because they would not bow the knee except to God on high. Into the flames they fed the same. these men were bound to die But who would have thought that the flames would set them free? And who would have thought that they'd gain the victory? When with God our lot we cast. We have more than we could ask We'll go walking through the flames with the Son of God. When this evil king had performed this thing. He sat down upon his throne. But when he took yet a second look He cried out with astonished tone. "Did we not cast into the fire a group that numbered three? Now they're walking round as though unbound with a fourth like Deity!" But who would have thought that the flames would set them free? And who would have thought that they'd gain the victory? When with God our lot we cast. We have more than we could ask We'll go walking through the flames with the Son of God. God has made it known to His very own Tribulations they must bear. For this world is not any friend to God. In His cross we have a share. But when the hour of trial comes and fire is all around We'll find the place we're walking on is really holy ground. And praise be to God that the flames will set us free And praise be to God. we shall gain the victory. When with God our lot we cast. We'll have more than we could ask. We'll go walking through the flames with the Son of God. When with God our lot we cast. We'll have more than we could ask. We'll go walking. walking. walking through the flames with the Son of God. With the Son of God! Words and music by Jeanine Drylie

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