Have you ever heard someone say they would “never” do something, only to find them doing that very thing later on? In our society there are so many absolutes, such as “never”, that we probably don’t really understand anymore. After generations of watering down such serious words, in our day they don’t seem to carry the weight that they once did. Yet when an unchanging, always the same God uses a word, we can know it’s Truth.
That’s why when He says, “I’ll never leave you, nor forsake you,” we can believe it wholeheartedly.
Just ask Adam and Eve, who must have felt like complete failures finding themselves unable to keep even one simple rule, yet God made a covering for them and loved them anyway – never forsaken.
Just ask David, who after living the life of a covetous, adulterous, murdering liar still found himself adored by a God who referred to him as a “man after God’s own heart” – never forsaken.
Just ask Peter, who denied knowing Christ during His darkest hours of arrest and trial yet still found love and compassion in His Savior and went on to be used of God to preach the most famous sermon ever at Pentecost – never forsaken.
Or maybe ask Paul who, though considering himself the “chief of sinners” for his treatment of Christians before his conversion, found himself being used by the God that had become his best friend and reached untold multitudes for Him – never forsaken.
I supposed that might be hard to do, considering all those folks are in heaven right now. You can read their stories in Scripture, but you’ll have to wait a little while before actually discussing it with them.
You could always ask me. I’ve walked down paths of unrighteous living and failed God more times than I can even remember. I’ve doubted Him at times, and even questioned His love for me. There have even been moments when walking away from the ministry was an option to salvage some aspect of my life I thought valuable at the time. Yet here He is – still loving me, still accepting me, still holding me, and still calling me His – never forsaking.
You may feel alone and like God has walked away. I can assure you that if you’re hearing that in your mind today, you can rebuke those thoughts – they are coming from the enemy of your soul. Want proof? Just look at the cross.
Stand firm today on the truth of the Word of God. Once we are in Christ Jesus, we will never again walk alone. “I will never leave you, nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).
That’s just a thought, and I welcome yours.
Until next time,
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