Tuesday, February 08, 2011

NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER (leave you or forsake you)

Read this great weekly devotion from my friend Pastor G. :


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Hebrews 13:5
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.


The Bible is full of promises that God has given His people.  All of God’s promises are wonderful, but this one has to be the greatest promise of God:  He promised us that He would never leave us nor forsake us.

Jehovah God, the creator of the universe, promised us that He would never leave us or forsake us.  This isn’t a promise given by a man.  It is not given by a human who is capable of breaking a promise. It is given by God Almighty, the maker of Heaven and Earth. The Bible says, “For HE had said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”  It is God, who cannot lie, who said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Not only is that a great promise, but it is a promise that is guaranteed to be kept.  When God says, I will never leave you or forsake you, you can rest assured, He is not going anywhere.

As I was studying this verse, I learned that when this verse was translated into English, it was not conveyed quite as strongly as the original Greek, because of double negatives and other grammatical rules regarding our language.  In the Greek two negatives intensify the meaning.  When we read this verse in English, it says, “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.”  Now that is good enough, right?  But when this verse was originally written, it actually read like this, “I will never, never leave thee, and I will never, never, never forsake thee.”  Hallelujah!

Can you imagine what it would feel like as a Christian to be forsaken by God?  I have had times when my own choices left me feeling like God had forsaken me, but He never really did.  Forsaken implies utter loneliness.  Imagine the loneliness you would feel if you were forsaken by God.  Loneliness is a horrible feeling.  Being by yourself for a time is all right, but having the feeling of loneliness and of being utterly alone is a miserable feeling.  When Jesus was on the cross and He cried out, “My God, why hath thou forsaken me?” He was showing us the most painful cry of mankind which is being without God.  That is the most horrible thing about Hell.  More horrible than the eternal flames is being forsaken by God for eternity.  Being utterly alone, separated from God is the worst thing that can happen to a human being.

I thank the Lord that a child of God never has to experience that feeling.  I thank God that you and I, because of God’s promise, will never have to experience the utter loneliness of being forsaken by God.

Not only is being forsaken by God a feeling of utterly loneliness, it is also a feeling of utter helplessness.  All real power belongs to the Lord.  Take the Lord out of the equation, and the strongest man in the world isn’t anything but a wimp.  Just feeling that God has turned His back on you would be enough to make you feel helpless.  Just think how helpless you would feel if He really did turn His back on you.  But praise God; if you are a child of God, this is a fear that you never have to worry about.  Once again, we have that wonderful promise that tells us that we never, never, never have to worry about Him leaving us or forsaking us.

Being forsaken by God would bring utter loneliness, helplessness, and also utter hopelessness.  Your husband or your wife may forsake you, or your mother or your father, or a friend, and you can still hang on and have hope in life, because of the hope we have in Jesus Christ.  However, let a man or woman be forsaken by God and all hope would be gone.  Let a man be forsaken by God and there would be no reason to have any hope, because there would be no hope.

From the very beginning in the Garden of Eden, God left the choice up to mankind.  It is God’s desire that none would perish or have to be forsaken by Him, but He leaves that decision on each and every human being ever born.

We do not want to know what it would be like to not have God leading us or directing our path.  We can’t imagine the loneliness, the helplessness, or the hopelessness we would feel if we did not have God in our life.  But, praise God, we never, never, never have to worry about Him leaving us, because we have a promise in God’s Word that He will never, never leave us and He will never, never, never forsake us.

Did you know that apart from God, we would immediately fall into sin?  We can be living the most righteous Christian life possible, but if God were to forsake us tomorrow, we would be right back living a life of sin.  It is only through God’s power and strength that we are able to live a Godly life.  The Bible refers to “Him who is able to keep us from falling.”  It is only by the grace of God and His mercy that any of us are living with any godliness or righteousness.

We need to know that even at our best, we are no good.  The Bible says there is none that do good – no, not even one.  The Apostle Paul said that he knew that in him dwelled no good thing.  The only good thing that any of us have inside is God.  Apart from God, we would go from bad to worse.  But because of God – and only because of God, we get to go from glory to glory.  That means that God is changing us day by day and that He who has begun a good work in us will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.  That means God will never stop working in our lives, never stop pulling at our heart, never stop convicting us of sin, and never stop picking us up when we fall, because God promised to never, never leave us and never, never, never to forsake us.

Rejoice, Church, that we have a God who is not going anywhere.  When God has He would NEVER leave or forsake us, He meant NEVER!  That means that everything that God is will always be with us.

EVERYTHING that God is belongs to us.  He is mighty, so we will ALWAYS have His strength.  God is love, so NOTHING can ever separate us from His love.  God is merciful, so His mercy is new EVERY morning.  God is forgiving, so His forgiveness is ALWAYS available to us when we need it most.  Whatever God is, we will always have with us, because He is always with us.  That may sound very simple, and it is just as simple as it sounds.  He leaves the choice up to us to live our life through Him.

Just as God promised Abraham, Joshua, David, and all His people in the Bible that He would never leave or forsake them, that same promise holds true for all His children today, because God is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  This promise from God may be hard for you to fully believe, because you have been forsaken, deceived, or lied to by people in your life.  Well, I think we can all testify to being treated that way by one or more people, but with God, it is different.  God can’t be compared with man.  Lord, forgive us for ever insulting You by comparing You with another man or woman.  God is not the kind of father that would leave His children.  God is not the kind of husband that would leave His bride.  God is not the kind of friend that would leave His brother or sister.  God is in it for eternity – for the long haul.  God will stick with you through the good, the bad, and the ugly.  Even when you don’t feel like He is there, He has not gone anywhere.  You can’t do anything to cause Him to love you more or less.  He loves you no matter what.

We are so use to bailing out when someone falls short that we think God will do the same thing to us.  We are so use to throwing in the towel when things are not going our way.  You find something you don’t like about your husband, and you forsake him without another thought.  When God makes a commitment, it is forever.  When we break His heart, and we will, He is not happy or pleased with us, but even then, He will never give up on us.  During those times, we will not feel His favor, blessing, and power in our life like before.  We will not feel His joy or His peace.  We will find ourselves praying David’s prayer for God to “restore unto us the joy of our salvation.”

One thing we need to remember and never forget is that when God first came into our life, He came when we were “yet sinners” with hearts full of sin.  If God wasn’t going to love us because of sin, He would not have loved us a long time ago.  Jesus came to us while we were dead in our trespasses.  God loved us when we didn’t even know we were looking for Him.  The Bible says in Romans 8:38-39, “For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  If NOTHING can separate us from God’s love, then NOTHING can separate us from Him, because God is love.

Isaiah 41:17 says, “When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the LORD will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them.” If you are reading this devotional and find yourself  thirsting for living water, this promise is for you.  The God of Israel will hear you and will not forsake you.  Cry out to the Lord, and let Him bring His living water to your dry and thirsty soul.  If you are thirsty for forgiveness, all you have to do is call upon the Lord, and He will hear you and He will not forsake you.

Don’t allow the enemy to jerk you around any longer.  Accept God’s forgiveness and His promise to never, never leave you or never, never, never forsake you.  The key to walking in this promise is to live your life in an awareness that God is with you ALL the time.  This will help you make Godly choices to turn away from sin and temptation.  This will help you want to live a life that is pleasing to Him and brings Him glory.  God will reward you with a greater sense of His presence, favor, power, joy and peace.  Remember God is always with you and is always saying, “Hey, let Me help you out with your life.  Let’s get rid of the junk and baggage, so you can walk unshackled with freedom and liberty.”

If you will take this teaching and allow the Holy Spirit to work it out in your life, you are going to discover a greater sense of joy than you ever imagined.

Pastor G.
Daniel 12:3


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great post. Amen, Pastor G!
Readers who like this may enjoy the C. H. Spurgeon sermon of the same title; Never, Never, Never, Never, Never!