He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Hebrews 13:5.
The disciples forsook our Lord, and no man stood with Paul at his trial. But the apostle adds, “Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me…” (2 Timothy 4:17). There is no greater test than day-by-day loneliness when loved ones are no longer by our side and friends are busy with problems of their own. The long night when we long for the vanished hand and the sound of the voice that is still; the aloneness in the midst of a crowd which can be worse than solitude… there is no darker place in life’s journey than Lonesome Valley. But the Christian does not walk it alone. We must walk it for ourselves but not by ourselves. Jesus walked His Lonesome Valley for and by Himself that He might walk ours with us.