Teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
Never Will I Leave You
The Book of Hebrews tells us that God will never leave us, nor will He ever forsake us (Heb. 13:5). The author of Hebrews is apparently quoting Deuteronomy 31:6, which says something very similar but adds something more in speaking to Joshua. God tells him to be courageous and have no fear or dread of the enemy because God is not going to leave him or Israel. The word “never” is very easy to understand, but so is the fact that God promises to never forsake us either. The word forsake means “to abandon” or “to desert.” That’s a very strong promise of God, and since we know that God cannot lie (Num. 23:19; Heb. 6:18), we can pillow our head tonight with this assurance. So my question to you is, why should you ever feel alone?
Christ Is in You
Every one who has been born again has Christ in them, and the Holy Spirit has given us life because we’ve been made right with God (Rom. 8:10). With Christ in us, we have the coming hope of glory, even after death (Col. 1:27), so even in death Christ will still be with us. It’s not just us anymore who lives but Jesus Christ Who lives in us (Gal. 2:20) and dwells in our hearts through faith (Eph. 3:17). These beliefs make us realize that Christ cannot deny Himself, and since we know He is in us, we should never feel alone.
God Is Ever-Present
God never promises to keep us away from the storms of life. He never promises to take us around them. He never promises to take us up and over them. What He does promise is to go through them with us, as He is an ever-present help in times of trouble (Psalm 46:10). He will go with us through the valleys of the shadows of death and promises He will be with us in them, which is why we should have no fear of evil at all (Psalm 23:4). He does not say that He will leave us during these times in the valleys. So why should you ever feel alone when Jesus has said that He is with us always, even to the very end of this present age (Matt. 28:20)?
A Closing Prayer
Father, thank You for always being there for me and promising to never leave me or forsake me, even in the times when I forsake You. Thank You for Your promise to take me through the storms in this life, and for that I praise You. In the name above all names, Jesus Christ, I pray.
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