VERSE OF THE WEEK:
"Let your conduct be without covetousness, and be content with such things that you have, for he has said, 'I will never leave you, nor forsake you,' so that we may boldly say, 'The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do to me.'"
I will never leave you, nor forsake you. That statement is found scattered all through the Bible. It's spoken many times to the Israelites in the Old Testament, to God's chosen leaders throughout time, in the New Testament to us, even us, as believers.
What can man do to us? Think this through with me. We carry around so much bitterness, unforgiveness and even hatred. What is the worst possible thing that a man can do to us as humans? I think of the Holocaust. I'm reminded of parents who lost their daughter unexpectedly at a young age due to a drunk driver. I think of the cross. Mankind can be a fearsome and terrible force.
Yet God is saying to us that there is nothing man can do to us, why?? How much of our circumstances are we responsible for? How many of our own choices put us where we are? And what has happened TO us in our lives?
Big questions sometimes do not have quick answers, but God does say this to us: No matter where, no matter how, no matter whom, HE IS THERE.
Ps. 139:11 says, If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
He is everywhere, all the time, at one time, omnipresent.
He knows and understands all that we have gone through, are going through and will go through. He is omniscient.
He took upon Himself the form of man - a servant - that He might KNOW - know through experience; mortal existence; be tempted; be shamed; be hated; be loved; see death and pain in loved ones; be exiled; hunted; mocked; killed. There is nothing that can happen to us that He has not experienced. He knows all that we think, feel, and why we think it and feel it.
He is with us - let that sink in. The omnipresent, omniscient and omnipotent God of the universe, our Creator, our Savior, is WITH us and will not leave us.
11 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." NIV
HIS plans may not be for the immediate future, but His plans are the ones that matter! His plans may not at this very moment look prosperous, harmless or hopeful, but He KNOWS THE END OF THE STORY. He IS the end of the story.
Oh, my friends, this is the God Who is with us!
"I will never, no never, not ever, no never, leave you nor forsake you." -- much more like the original wording was meant to be. It is written emphatically. It is written to make us try to comprehend what He is saying. We cannot fathom the goodness, grandness, or depth of God almighty, so He must speak in these terms to even begin to show us His heart.
All Praise glory and honor to our mighty God!! Hallelujah!! Worship Him with me!!
God bless you!