“I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU NOR FORSAKE YOU!”

It is such a great blessing and privilege to be a child of God. To be redeemed, to have the Lord Jesus as Saviour and Friend has been a buffer against the knocks and disappointments of life. Sometimes it makes me wonder how the unsaved cope. On many occasions, one visits a Christian that has faced a misfortune or other traumatic experience and expects to see them broken and devastated, only to find them strong, offering hope and encouragement to others.

Jesus, the Word of God, is our buffer against the knocks and disappointments of life. Click To Tweet

A sister just told me that her bishop slept in the Lord two months ago. He and his wife of many years were inseparable. As a result, his flock feared for her wellbeing afterwards. Even the man of God had said before his departure that his concern was for his wife and not for himself. To everyone’s surprise, she has been cheerful, has never missed church and has preached on several occasions, something she hardly ever did in the past.

Similarly, in June 2008, my youngest brother went to be with the Lord. That made two family members that I could no longer enjoy their company this side of heaven, my mum having departed three years earlier. Although it hurt for a while and I still miss them, I wasn’t devastated by those incidents.

My relatives and my pastor at the time my mum left us marvelled that I didn’t unravel because we were so close. It was not by my own strength or willpower that I pulled through though. There is a word from the scriptures that makes all the difference when placed against the background of loss. That word is the promise from the Lord to us in Hebrews 13:5:

“I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

A promise to fortify your heart: I will never leave you nor forsake you. - Hebrews 13:5 Click To Tweet

The feeling of loss can come from other situations besides death such as desertion by loved ones or their relocation. Sometimes, people that really want to be with us are constrained by circumstances. A job in a distant city, a new relationship that is so consuming, any number of things can intervene and leave us feeling abandoned. But we shouldn’t allow that feeling to build a stronghold in our minds because the One who matters most, the One who loves us like no other, God the Father represented by the Lord Jesus, made that promise: 

“I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Over two thousand years ago, Jesus walked in our shoes. He took on a human body to pay the debt for our sins. He had many followers and some of them professed much love for Him. They called Him Master. Peter, who was like the chief of the disciples had declared Him to be the Christ, the Son of the Living God (Matthew 16:16). Sometime later when the Lord explained how He would be arrested and tortured and everyone would abandon Him, Peter and the other disciples insisted that such a thing would never happen (Matthew 26:30-35).

“Peter answered him, ‘Though they all fall away because of you, I will never fall away.'” – Matthew 26:33

“Peter said to him, ‘Even if I must die with you, I will not deny you!’ And all the disciples said the same.” – Matthew 26:35

Talk is cheap, they say, because when the rubber hit the road, what the Lord predicted was exactly what happened. In his time of agony and trial, everyone, including Peter, fled for their own safety. They left Him to face the ordeal alone.

But Jesus didn’t place His hopes on man but on His Father in heaven.

“Behold, the hour is coming, indeed it has come, when you will be scattered, each to his own home, and will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, for the Father is with me.” – John 16:32

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“I am not alone because my Father is with me.” That is the key to bearing up under whatever we are going through and pulling through by God’s grace. We need to have that unshakeable assurance if we love the Lord and are living by His word, that He is always with us. His promise is sure and His presence will abide with us forever.

“Jesus answered him, ‘If anyone loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.'” – John 14:23

So brace up today and face life with confidence because no matter who has left or disappointed you, Jesus tells you in unmistakable terms:

“Behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:20

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The scriptures used in this post are from the English Standard Version of the Holy Bible.

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59 thoughts on ““I WILL NEVER LEAVE YOU NOR FORSAKE YOU!”

  1. Such a sweet reminder of the blessing of His presence if we will stay turned towards Him, to benefit. I needed this, this week. thank you Edith, dear sister.
    (Grandma Mary Martha)

    • God bless you superbly, Tammy, and surround you and yours with the beauty of His presence always in Jesus’ name.

      • The love of God is our assurance.
        We should learn to place our trust on God and not man.
        Even Jesus was denied by his disciples but Jesus will never deny us He will surely see us through.
        His love is undying. ??

    • He alone is worthy of our praise and honour. God’s abundant blessings on you amd yours, Temitope, in Jesus’ name.

  2. Talk is indeed cheap. We often talk about what we will do in difficult situations but when they come we cower. The Lord is our strength.

  3. Amazing God he truly is He would always be there to see us through trying times. Inspirational quotes you put up there MA keep on uplifting souls

  4. Call upon his name, he will answer us and show us great and mighty things which we do not know. He said that we should call upon his name in distress and he shall answer us and set us in a large place. These are the words of the Lord and they have kept me moving on. The Lord is really good all the time.

  5. It is obvious that God loves us so much that he wouldn’t leave us or forsake us. His word is always there to keep us in the hour of temptation. It is indeed the hope of the righteous. Amen.

  6. God will never forsake us that’s his promise for us,all we have to do is to believe and trust in him,ma thank you very much for reminding us about God presence for us…..

  7. God indeed will never leave nor forsake His own. He is too faithful to fail. When Christians are faced with challenges and it looks as if God is far. They only need to pick up His word and study again; there will be comforted and experience His wonderful presence. I have been inspired by the illustration used in this piece and the human interest examples given; all together to give it a beautiful piece for encouragement of readers and i am inspired. Thank you ma.

  8. God has a way of blessing, caring and staying close to his own people like he promised in the scriptures. He cannot possibly forsake us. Some may not understand and may cause them to despair. But He gives us the strength to forge ahead and be stronger. We have a loving Father who is always close to us, How can we be left alone or forsaken?

  9. Wow. God’s promises never fail. When ever I face difficulties his promises always comforts me. There’s great gain serving the lord. God bless you ma.

  10. God is indeed always with us. When my mother died, I thought that was the end of me and my siblings because her death meant we were orphans. I cried so hard the first day and I never wanted to eat again. But alas the the second
    after her death I ate. I didn’t cry anymore. I felt comforted in my heart like nothing happened except for the fact that family and sympathisers flocked our home. I felt this inner peace because she suffered a lot before sleeping in the slord from illness. God is indeed with us. He gave me an d my siblings comfort to bear the loss and live even after we died inwardly.

  11. God is indeed with us because I was orphaned at an early age, being the last child I always wondered how I could leave without the love and care of my mother. But the kind of strength that Lord gave to my elder siblings have really shown me that he is indeed with us. Never a day have I lacked both financially and otherwise because the Lord have through my siblings been making life a great one indeed for me.

  12. This post is a constant reminder for me of God’s unfailing love. He said he will never leave us nor forsake us, in his hands he will hold us and in his arm she will fold us. He is our Redeemer , he will always care for us.
    What a beautiful name he is, the sweet name of Jesus.

  13. I feel glad knowing the Lord is always by my side and he would neither leave nor forsake me. I am sooo glad for this poem Ma, i could go on reading it daily just to be reminded of this. My God bless you ma

  14. “I am not alone because my Father is with me.” no matter how I feel lonely… I know there is someone up there who cares for me … God has kept His promises.. What is left is for us to obey him and trust in him

  15. This is true ma and highly inspirational. Just like when i lost my grandma. I thought my mum was not going to survive it but God showed up and gave her peace and she found joy and strength in the lord.. thank God for God.. this is hope lifting m. Thank you.

  16. God loves us, we are his children. Even though we have sinned and fallen short of his glory, he still wants us back. All we need to do is confess him as our lord and personal saviour.

  17. When it looks like we wont get through a situation, God always stretches his mighty hands. He is ever faithful and loving. Every situation we think we cant overcome has been taken over by God and in him we have strength. God’s love is forever abiding.

  18. God never forsakes His own..
    We should have that understanding, whenever we may find ourselves in situations that asks ”where is your God’.
    Knowing fully well that He is aware and will never forsake us. Thank God for your Wisdom.

  19. Reassuring words from our Father.. at the point of crossing the rubicon after loss of hope, it is sweet to know he will never forsake us. No situation will make God leave us. Halleluyah.

  20. God is our creator and he has promised never to leave us. if he can take care of the birds of the air and the fishes in the water, what more for we his children created in his image and likeness. We should also remember that we have a role to play in this promise. That role is to always do his will and obey his commandments. By so doing, we are assured of good relationship with him and take everything that happens in our lives as part of his plans for us.

  21. God never forsakes his children, his love for us is unending and eternal. His name shall ever be praised amen.

  22. This is too good and motivating ma, Our God is a great lord, he never leaves nor forsakes us, he is our great companion ever, he never fails his promises to us , always do good to please him.

  23. The lord has given us all fortifications & forcefields needed which has made us Forcefilled to be able to combat diabolicalness.

  24. God’s love is the greatest of all. He that sent the Holy Spirit to lead us in all our ways, lest we dash our feet against a stone.
    He has promised to guide us,to go before us and bless our going out and coming in. May his name be praised.

    • Indeed the Lord is with us, our hopes shouldn’t rest on the shoulders of man but that of the Lord. This is a reminder that his undying love for us remain. Another beautiful work thank you ma.

  25. We should always trust in God with our whole heart and to grow in faith we should always study the engrafted word of God that will keep us going no matter what the problem is.

  26. No matter who comes and goes in our life, God is still her for us. That is his promise and Our God is an unfailing God. In him we shall find peace.

  27. Thank God I cane across this post now. Thank you ma for making my day wonderful, let me go forth and preach the gospel

  28. Thank you for this post. You were right in what you said. There is always this form of comfort that is felt in the presence of God, that is a proof that He is always with us.

  29. Having faith is an important part of being a believer though most times things happen and we do not remember to talk to God in prayer. Our faith in God matter because he never leaves nor forsakes… I pray for the grace of God to help me never to loose faith even when life becomes hard Amen.

  30. Having faith is an important part of being a believer though most times things happen and we do not remember to talk to God in prayer. Our faith in God matter because he never leaves nor forsakes. I pray for the grace of God to help me never to loose faith even when life becomes hard Amen.

  31. In times when you are down, need hope or a reminder that there are still better days ahead, God will comfort you and show you his abundant love. He wouldn’t even give you a load you can’t carry and this is my motto till date.

  32. He is the shepherd of our soul therefore we give him full control over our life because he will never leave nor forsake his own children. He is the giver of peace,joy and comfort. Once you have confidence in him you can never be put to shame. God bless you ma.

  33. This is one of the promises of God that keep me going even in hard times “I will never leave you nor forsake you” It makes me feel as though I could do anything and everything.

  34. Instead of my word not to come to pass, the heaven and the earth will pass away. God is so powerful and is so great that he can never say something and not follow it up… Like who could stop him!? If we understand this very well, we will know that God must fulfil his promises over our lives.

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