"And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen." — 1 Peter 5:10,11; ESV
It has taken me 17 years of doing ministry to finally understand the need to delegate those things that either I'm not very passionate about or am not good at. I always felt the pressure to be amazing at everything because, 1). I got paid, and 2). I got paid because I'm the expert. Now, I still get paid, but I can admit now that I am more clueless about ministry than ever before. However, there are certain things that I will not delegate off to anyone else because those things are most dear to my heart.
You're the same way. I heard a statement once that I believe rings true: "You will always find time for that which is most important." There are certain things that I will not delegate off to anyone because of the fact that those things are most precious to me. And in this passage we see those things that God will not "delegate" off to anyone. Did you see the four things that he himself will do for those who are being afflicted?
1). Restore - return (someone or something) to a former condition.
God himself will restore those who have been broken by affliction. God will not leave a person to sit and wallow in their pain and suffering. He will restore. Now I completely understand our difficulty in accepting this because we are such a "now-driven culture", expecting everything to happen quickly for our benefit. However, God's restoration is according to his time-frame. If it were up to our timetable, we would probably jump from one broken situation to the next. God actually wants to restore completely.
2). Confirm - make more able.
As I'm facing the affliction, God himself is the one who is "making me more able" to endure. He is not expecting me to just BRING IT all by myself. Rather, he has provided his grace (which is sufficient) for all things. The only reason that I can get through affliction is because God is confirming me to do so.
3). Strengthen - establish in a place
If I'm going to stand firm under affliction, I need the strength to stand firm. I know that I don't have it, but Jesus does. God himself strengthens me so that I may stand firm in any and every situation that I face.
4). Establish - lay a foundation; establish belief
From start to finish, it is God with me. It is God providing and enabling me. He starts with a sure foundation (himself) and leads me on from there to that which is the greatest good (himself). The journey along the way comes with good and bad times. However, in all things, God receives glory and I become more and more like Jesus in the process.
If you're feeling alone, go with what you know to be true as revealed to you from God's word instead of what you are currently feeling. From start to finish, he provides all that is needed to truly live for and with him. What a mighty God we truly serve.