STANDING ALONE

Whether one stands alone or whether he stands in the midst of a group of kindred spirits, when issues are up and "chips are down," the Christian has no alternative but to stand. Of course it is much easier and more comforting to know that there are those near to encourage and comfort when the ground is rugged and the standing demands courage.

One of the most inspiring characters to me in the Old Testament is Jeremiah. There were times when his burden was heavy and his message one of doom, and it seemed that he stood alone - but he stood! God sent him to the court of "Jehovah's house" to speak to the people the word that God would give him; and he was to diminish not a word. He was to speak as God gave the words to him. He was to declare to them that unless they should change then the Temple would become as Shiloh, and the city would be a curse to all nations. "To become as Shiloh" referred to the complete destruction of Shiloh when the tabernacle had been destroyed, apparently by the Philistines in the later period of the Judges.

When Jeremiah had finished speaking, the priests and the prophets, the very ones should have stood by him, were highly indignant and said, "This man is worthy of death; for he hath prophesied against this city, as ye have heard with your ears." Jeremiah's reply was, "I am in your hand: do with me as is good and right in your eyes"; but he assured them that if they killed him they would shed innocent blood, thus bringing great judgement upon themselves.

Another prophet, Uriah, preached according to the words of Jehovah; but when faced with the wrath of the king he fled into Egypt. From there he was returned and killed. One man stood; the other fled. The one was protected by the very power of God; the other was slain. The lesson: when one stands alone in the cause of right and of the Lord, is he actually alone? Never! The Lord stands by His own. As said Jesus, "And he that sent me is with me; he hath not left me alone; for I do always the things that are pleasing in his sight." So can say one who stands on the things of the Father. "Himself hath said, I will in no wise fail thee, neither will I in any wise for sake thee. So that with good courage we say, The Lord is my helper; I will not fear: what shall man do unto me?" No, one does not stand alone; the God of the universe stands with him. What a comfort! - Homer Hailey