There are times when it is good to be alone. Whether it is an early morning walk or an evening on the back deck, each of us needs some space and some solitude. But for some people, being alone can be very painful.
It’s not hard to imagine the feeling of loneliness the disciples must have felt once they began to realize that Jesus would soon be leaving them. Though Jesus tried to encourage them to not be afraid, the thought of losing their Master must have been very troubling. This feeling of desperation no doubt increased once they saw Him being arrested and crucified. The Bible tells us that for the three days following Christ’s death, the disciples hid in fear. Scripture also indicates that even after many of His post-resurrection appearances, some of the disciples still had a hard time believing that He was really alive. Then came the day when they stood and watched Him disappear into the clouds. ‘What do we do now?’ they must have thought.
The book of Acts tells us that a few days later, something very important occurred.
Acts 2:1 When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting.
On that important day the Holy Spirit came and filled the house where the disciples were staying. Even more importantly, the Spirit came and filled their hearts.
We often speak about the miracles of Pentecost and how three thousand came to know the Lord, but rarely do we consider the miracle that happened to each of the disciples. With the coming of the Spirit, the disciples were suddenly filled with power and excitement. Through the coming of the Spirit, Jesus did exactly what He had promised. He was now with them and they would never be alone.
Each of us will have times of loneliness. There will be places of void in each of our lives. Yet we are never alone. Through the indwelling Holy Spirit, God is always with us.