Daily Courage - December 22

 
from Day by Day with the Persecuted Church

It is not good for the man to be alone. (Genesis 2:18)

Gustavo Figueroa

Many novels have been published about the ordeal of people who managed to survive in lonely places. Think of The Count of Monte Cristo which describes the ordeals of a man who was confined to a cell in a fortress, where he spent many years in complete isolation. Or think of Robinson Crusoe, surviving on an island, or Treasure Island which tells the story of a man who was abandoned on an island.

We enjoy these books and admire the people who survived, despite extreme problems and circumstances, often feeling forgotten and very, very lonely. To feel lonely, however, does not mean that you are without company. One can live among crowds of people and still feel very, very lonely.

Our Scripture for today says, "It is not good for the man to be alone." The Lord wants us to pay attention to those who are lonely, forgotten, and alone.  Let us pray for them today, especially for those who are in prison for their faith in Jesus Christ. Let us pray for a believer who stands alone in a Muslim village. Let us do something for a person in our own neighborhood who has no friends, or for one who experiences great sorrow or pain, for whom we can become a blessing in a time of need.

Gustavo Figueroa from Cuba. An itinerant evangelist, he writes using a pseudonym.

Copyright [C] 1995 Open Doors International. Used by permission.

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