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Am I on my own Lord? Are you standing by my side? Do I belong to the Lord?
Alone or not alone - that is the question?
Genesis 2:18 The Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.’
When God created the earth and all that was in it, he looked at man and said it was not good for man to be alone. Then how is it that sometimes we end of alone. There are many ways to end up alone, it just happened that way, divorce, death or in the depths of despair we feel that we are alone even if we are surrounded by people. However this verse tells us that God said it is not good for man to be alone, so how is it that at times we end up alone??
A stand alone sunflower
Two equals one??
Ephesians 5:31 ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’
In this verse we have Paul stating again what Jesus had said that in marriage a man and a woman will become one flesh. Therefore if a man and woman decided to live the rest of their lives together they become one. Does this then conflict with the verse in Genesis where God said it was not good for man to be alone. No because the marriage is the one but the people are 2, so the man is no longer alone even though he is half of the one. Crazy maths!!
Not alone after all.
We belong to the Lord!
Romans 14: 7 For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. 8 If we live, we live for the Lord; and if we die, we die for the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.
An amazing verse, we need to get excited about this, so whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. That means we are never alone whether in life or in death. But it also says that none of us lives for ourselves alone and none of us dies for ourselves alone. So who do we live & die for? The Lord of course as the verse says.
Our responsibility & pleasure
Warren Wiersbe BE Bible Study Series, states, Paul emphasized the believer’s union with Christ: “Whether we live, therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s” (see Rom. 14:8). Our first responsibility is to the Lord. If Christians would go to the Lord in prayer instead of going to their brother with criticism, there would be stronger fellowship in our churches.
Matthew Henry's Commentary, states, We neither live to ourselves nor die to ourselves. We are not our own masters, nor our own proprietors—we are not at our own disposal. The business of our lives is not to please ourselves, but to please God.
Never alone, live in the Lord
Peace in the Lord
Psalm 4:8 In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety. So we are not alone if we serve the Lord and follow only him and he will give us peace and we will dwell in safety. So although the Lord saw man and decided it was not good for him to be alone we learn that we are never alone even if we don't have a human companion. For if we give our lives to the Lord and live for him only he will be with us and keep us in life and in dead.