My children and I have been watching Christmas programs just like we usually do around this time of the year. But this year, something stuck out to me – so many of the events surrounding Jesus’ birth involved people being alone. The Lord sent the angel Gabriel to tell Zacharias that he was going to have a son named John – while he was all alone serving as a priest in the temple. The Lord sent Gabriel to tell a virgin named Mary that she would become pregnant with the Son of God by the Holy Ghost – a private conversation I am sure. The Lord told Joseph in a dream not to be afraid to take Mary to be his wife. Then there was that lonely journey that Joseph and Mary took to Bethlehem – Mary being great with child and giving birth outside among the animals. Finally, how lonely and frightened they must have felt when the Lord told them to flee to Egypt because of Herod’s plan to kill the child.
The Son of God was nine months in the womb, out of view from the rest of the world. Yet his heavenly Father was watching closely over him. So many of us find ourselves alone again these days because of our circumstances. Yet, we see that the Lord doesn’t forget His children when they seem all alone. The Father would not watch over His Son with such care and concern only to lose sight of those that He came to save. I pray that all my brothers and sisters in Christ would be encouraged to know that the Father has his eyes on you and no matter what loneliness and difficulty you face right now, He is with you.
Isaiah 41:10 “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”