Never Will I Forsake You

 

 

There are times when each of us wants to be alone. There are times when we most certainly do not want to be alone. Alone in this context does not necessarily mean no one is standing by. I think of it as learning to ride my first bicycle. I wanted to ride on my own but I also wanted dad to be near in case I started to fall. I look forward to each day as a child of God. Each day is a new adventure and if I am not careful I might fall. It is good to know that, “Dad” is always there to help me in my time of need. He will not turn away from me and if I am smart I will not turn away from Him. Here is an example of getting on the bike.

*   (Mat 28:18-20 NIV)  Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. {19} Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, {20} and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

Moses had led the Israelites to the Promised Land. He would not be crossing the Jordan River with them. Here is a little of what he told them before they were to leave.

*   (Deu 31:6 NIV)  Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."

When I got on that bicycle for the first time I was excited! I was apprehensive. I had a certain amount of trust and faith that everything would be OK. Why? Because my dad was there. I wish I could say that neither my mom nor my dad ever let me down. But that would not be true. They were good but not perfect. I wish could say that I never let my own children down. But that also would not be true. I tried to be a good parent but I was not perfect. Now I am a child of God. My Dad is perfect! Here is what Dad says.

*   (Heb 13:5-6 NIV)  Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, "Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you." {6} So we say with confidence, "The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?"

Yet we are often afraid and do worry about what man can do to us. I think there is a lesson to learn from this passage.

*   (Mark 14:34-36 NIV)  "My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death," he said to them. "Stay here and keep watch." {35} Going a little farther, he fell to the ground and prayed that if possible the hour might pass from him. {36} "Abba, Father," he said, "everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will."

What can man do to me? Much, in this world, is done by man that is terrible and atrocious but thankful this world is only a small part of the full story.

*   (1 Cor 15:19-23 NIV)  If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. {20} But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. {21} For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. {22} For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. {23} But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him.

There is much in this world that I don’t like. Yet there is much to like as well. I especially like that God has not abandoned me. Here is an entire list of things that the great I AM says I am. Pastor Winn gave the list to me Thursday morning and I will share it with you now.

 

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