Monday, March 17, 2008

I will never leave you or forsake you.

Have you ever really thought about the magnitude of that sentence? Who else on this earth can you honestly say will never leave you? Never forsake you?

God knows us better than anyone knows us. He even knows us better than we know ourselves. He knows EVERYTHING. It blows my mind that NO detail of my life is hidden from Him. Yet while others may walk in and out of my life for one reason or another, the Lord will never leave.

I find myself praying and asking God, "Why Lord? Why haven't you given up on me yet? I let people down all the time. I mess us regularly. I screw up Your plans for my life through disobedience. How could you stick with me through all of this?"

His answer came to me through scripture. Today it was 2 Corinthians 1:21-22 and Joshua 1:5.

"Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in
Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his
Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to
2 Corinthians 1:21-22 (NIV)

God gave me (and you) 2 gifts as believers:
1-seal of ownership....WOW! I belong to God! It doesn't matter what anyone else says about me or thinks about me. I belong to God. No one can take me away from Him.

2-the Holy Spirit....Double WOW!! The Holy Spirit guarantees that salvation is mine NOW, and I will receive more when Christ returns. The Holy Spirit brings comfort and power to my life today. It's like a deposit of the benefits of eternal life. (NIV, Life Application Bible)

"No one will be able to stand up against you all the
days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will
never leave you nor forsake you."
Joshua 1:5 (NIV)
Did you get that? God is on my side, He's on your side too provided you invite Him there. (and once you do He will not leave you) Notice it says, "all the days of your life". We may not conquer nations like Joshua did, but every day we face tough situations, difficult people, and temptations. God promises He will never abandon us or fail to help us.

The world may not understand us. All we can do is draw closer to God. If we let Him, He will fill us with His love and truly that is what matters most. If we can start there, He will put the rest of our lives in order.




Digging for Pearls said...

Thanks for this sweet reminder Melissa! It was so much fun hanging out with you gals for a short time on Friday! It made my day.

Charlene Kidd said...

That was a wonderful reminder. Thanks,

dapple said...

This is so comforting right now to me. There was a time in my life where the arms that were meant to protect me, betrayed me. The wonderful thing about salvation is, I know that at any time I can crawl up into my fathers arms and
feel safe. The fact that no matter what happens on earth, there is comfort from above.
Thank you for this gentle reminder.
Love ya,

Joyful said...

Oh how often I have asked the "Why Lord?" question. The fact that God knows all about me and STILL stays with me always amazes me. The overwhelming security of knowing that God will never abandon me - WOW! Sometimes in His silences I "feel" abandoned, but it's at those times I must cling completely to these truths. Thanks for reminding me of these promises today.

Forever His,

Jennifer Johnson said...

OK. So God used you AGAIN. I sit here panic-stricken, ready to go to my first writer's conference this Sunday. All theology and intellectual reasoning have left me and the only thing left is that still, small voice that says, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." Oh! What sweet words! I couldn't remember the most popular scripture reference for it (there are several), so I quickly Googled it. Guess whose blog came up as the third entry on my search? Yours! Thank you for your encouraging words in the past and again for this today. (and a blog entry from back in March at that!) God is so funny, intentional and amazing! Blessings, Melissa! You are a wonderful vessel.

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