“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.
The assurance that God is with us can see us through any challenge or trial. Click To Tweet
“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
“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 Click To Tweet
“Behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” – Matthew 28:20
The scriptures used in this post are from the English Standard Version of the Holy Bible.
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