I have just been through a week where I had to be separated from my family while I had medical treatment. This was particularly hard on my children, who did not want me to be away from home. The three children went in three different directions to be cared for for the week and I had to set off alone to Sydney.
Being a mature adult I thought this should be fairly straightforward and easy to be alone for the week. When I was single I used to do it all the time. But I was wrong. I really struggled as I had to separate from everybody. The aloneness was tearing at my heart.
About this time I came across Psalm 62, which is today`s verse. It talks about aloneness in a whole different way. It says that God alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress. As much as we love our family, which God gave us, there is also a reality that they are not God, and they cannot take his place. When things are stripped away, and there is only God and us, are we okay? God wants to be our rock, our salvation and our fortress.
I like the next verse too - our ‘victory and honour come from God alone’. The first three words (rock, salvation and fortress) indicate how God alone saves and protects us. But then it changes. When we allow God alone to have that place in our lives, then He brings the second part (victory and honour). It is God alone who brings our victory, and God alone who brings us honour.
So I realised that being alone was not such a bad thing for a short time. It took me outside of my comfort zone and made me really push into God. He became more powerfully my rock, salvation and fortress. And I know He alone will bring my victory and honour!
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You love me so much that You alone are my rock, my salvation and my fortress. I can depend upon You completely. I also thank You that, in that place of submission, You alone will bring forth my victory and honour. I praise You today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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