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The Never-Forsaking God

In Perspective on March 17, 2014 by The Spillover

Oswald Chambers:

He Himself has said, ’I will never leave you nor forsake you’ —Hebrews 13:5

What line of thinking do my thoughts take? Do I turn to what God says or to my own fears? Am I simply repeating what God says, or am I learning to truly hear Him and then to respond after I have heard what He says? “For He Himself has said, ’I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we may boldly say: ’The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?’ ” (Hebrews 13:5-6).

“I will never leave you . . .”— not for any reason; not my sin, selfishness, stubbornness, nor waywardness. Have I really let God say to me that He will never leave me? If I have not truly heard this assurance of God, then let me listen again.

“I will never . . . forsake you.” Sometimes it is not the difficulty of life but the drudgery of it that makes me think God will forsake me. When there is no major difficulty to overcome, no vision from God, nothing wonderful or beautiful— just the everyday activities of life— do I hear God’s assurance even in these?

We have the idea that God is going to do some exceptional thing— that He is preparing and equipping us for some extraordinary work in the future. But as we grow in His grace we find that God is glorifying Himself here and now, at this very moment. If we have God’s assurance behind us, the most amazing strength becomes ours, and we learn to sing, glorifying Him even in the ordinary days and ways of life.

One Response to “The Never-Forsaking God”

  1. Caleb, if you mean that Saint Nicholas was an actual peosrn, then, yes, he existed. But the fictional Santa Claus is made up that’s why he’s fictional. There is quite a bit of uncontradicted, eye-witness testimony for the existence of Jesus Christ. Even if you reject the New Testament, there’s still plenty of references to Jesus Christ in other sources, unless you want to reject all of them as well.Faith is not a irrational blind leap, but a reasonable response to the facts that are presented. To believe that Jesus Christ existed as a man doesn’t require faith it requires an ability to sift historical evidence. That Jesus Christ was actually God incarnate a claim that might be more difficult to assess since we don’t meet that many people who claim to be God requires faith because we haven’t ever actually met God. But Jesus seems to present evidence that He is, in fact, God and He encourages us to believe just that. As the Bible says, faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

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