One of the most encouraging messages I discovered in the Bible as a teenager is the message that God will never leave us nor forsake us. As a kid I had an idea of what God was like. To me he was the King of the universe who could do all things. I was exposed to miracles and to His power at a young age and Jesus was a champion in my book. I had also seen how bad the devil could be and how much power he had. Knowing Jesus changed my view of what the enemy was capable of. I found out that there was much bigger power than the power of the enemy. Jesus saved me, He saved my life and He became the champion who will never leave me nor forsake me. Think about it! He saves lives. We can have eternal life in Him. Who is bigger and more powerful than the One who can give life? There is no one greater than the Lord. That truth combined with the revelation that He will never leave us revolutionized my life. I lost sight of that truth for years but when I got back to it and embraced it, life became so much better. There will always be attacks from the enemy but there will always be the Lord as well. He sticks closer than a relative. He is with us all the time. When we believe it and we have faith in it, we have absolutely nothing to worry about and nothing to fear. I strongly believe that it is good for us to go back to the basics of our faith and to trust and believe with the faith of a child that can’t be shaken. As we grow older, life can get in the way of our belief system. As this new week begins, I want to encourage you to meditate on the beautiful revelation that the Lord will never leave you nor forsake you. Think of what it looks like in your life. Use that truth as a weapon against every attack of the enemy. The One who conquered death is always with you. The enemy is defeated!
God will never leave you. It’s impossible for Him to disappear and let you fend for yourself. With faith you can always see Him in action. It’s crucial to develop a “God-is-always-present mentality.” We are never on our own even when we are walking in the deepest valleys. You might be lost in a valley today and you might not be sure where help will come from. You need to get to a point where you are aware of the fact that you are not alone. God can be anywhere and He is anywhere and everywhere. Your valley probably seems to be deep and dark but in the middle of darkness you can find the Lord. He is not part of the darkness but He is with you facing the darkness. The Lord and darkness are like oil and water; they don’t mix. Take the oil of the Lord and smear it over your situation and the water of the enemy won’t be able to penetrate your circumstances. I am talking symbolically here. Oil is often a symbol of the Holy Spirit in the Bible. The Holy Spirit in you is the oil that won’t mix with the troubled waters of the enemy. You are not alone. The Spirit is in you and with you and He will get you out of the valley. That deep area of fear you are going through right now is not your final destination. Start looking at the Lord now. Do it by praying to Him, turning to Him and exalting Him. Exalt Him above your valley. He will put you on the mountain top before you know it.
God will never leave you. He goes before you and He is behind you. Ask Him to guide you and show you the way. Rely on Him. Talk to Him. Show Him that you know He is always with you. Give Him the room He deserves in your life. Don’t leave Him out of your business. Let Him be your business. Let Him mold your life. Let Him be your life. He is always there so you might as well include Him in everything. When you acknowledge Him in all you do, He blesses all you do. Remember that the most powerful One in the universe is with you. The Healer, the Deliverer, the Counselor will never leave your side. Make the most of this week by letting the Lord be the biggest part of your week. Celebrate Him because He is faithful. Don’t fear and don’t panic this week. God promised to be with you and He keeps His promises. Enjoy this amazing week with our amazing Savior!
Suggested reading: Deuteronomy 31:8 ; Isaiah 41:10 ; Hebrews 13:5-6