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GOD WILL NEVER LEAVE NOR FORSAKE YOU

“I will never leave you nor forsake you.” – Hebrews 13:5 (ESV).

It is a common part of the human experience to sometimes feel abandoned or forsaken by others. Sometimes, a person who is close to us chooses to walk away. Other times, the natural changes of life result in shifts in our relationships. Occasionally, we even feel abandoned when a loved one has died. But God never leaves. One of the most comforting promises in the Bible is that God will never leave or forsake us. The Message translation of Hebrews 13:5 states: “…I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you…” 

How beautiful is that promise? This is a personal promise from Jesus. The Bible tells us in 2 Corinthians 1:20,  “For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory.” This promise has the power to encourage you and strengthen your faith. It can get you through the bumps and detours in life.

After the resurrection, Jesus returned to His Father in heaven. But He did not leave those who had followed Him for several years on earth without hope. He assured them in Matthew 28:20, “I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” They might have felt God’s presence had left them after the ascension. They had been by Jesus’ side for a few years, stared into His eyes as He taught, and sat beside Him at meals. Now, He was no longer physically present. Jesus had told them of a coming Helper — One who would remind them of all Jesus’ teachings. John 14:25-26 says, “I am telling you these things now while I am still with you. But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative—that is, the Holy Spirit—he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.”

Jesus did not leave His disciples alone in the world; He never leaves us alone. His very Spirit, who knows the heart of God and intercedes for our lives, is within us. If you feel God has abandoned you or stepped away, think about the disciples after Jesus left the earth. We are not left alone but kept safe in God’s presence and guided by His Spirit.

So, whatever you face, you can be assured that God is with you. He is not going to walk away.  He is with you and will “uphold” you (Isaiah 41:10 ESV). He is going to “sustain” you (Psalm 55:22 ESV).  Scripture promises us that God will never leave us or forsake us. or in other words, He will not abandon us, leave us in straits.

While Jesus was on the cross dying for our sins, He cried out with a loud voice: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:46; Mark 15:34). Jesus experienced being forsaken so that we would never have to.

Discussion Questions:

  1. When in your life have you felt and experienced the presence of God the most? How did God reveal His presence to you?
  2. Do you believe that God will never leave or forsake you? Do you have difficulty saying: “He is here with me?” Why?

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