You’ve heard it before, “I just never thought it would happen to me”. We say this when we win the lottery, and when we’re struck with tragedy.
“Time flies. You’ll regret that when you’re older. Kids grow up so fast. No church is perfect. People will let you down.” All true. And yet, somehow, we secretly believe “it will be different with me.”
One day you’re as close if not closer than family, the next day you’re considered anathema. I never thought it would happen to me, considering all the effort I put into serving and honoring my friends. And yet, here we are.
God has given us a framework for understanding and dealing with any and every situation. He has explained his intention in creating us, how we fell into sin, what that did to us, what his plan for reversing it is, and how he is using it for ultimate good. We are given wisdom on how to orient ourselves in relation to others, what to expect from them, how to pray for them, bless them, forgive them.
However, I think the greatest thing God has done is talk about himself. We know his name, his plans, his desires, his likes and dislikes, his love for us, his promises. We know he is perfect. Faithful. Unchanging. Eternal. Holy. And above all, Fatherly.
One of the single greatest promises in all of scripture is this;
“Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Given everything we know about God, we know it is impossible for this to ever change. He cannot speak and later change his mind. Every word is perfect from eternity and carries with it truth and completion into eternity. Part of what makes God perfect is that he knows all things at all times, including all possible things. Meaning when he speaks, he knows everything into eternity forward and speaks perfectly in relation to that understanding.
He will never leave you nor forsake you.
Even if you are the one to blame. Even if you’re not. Even if you screwed everything up, or if you worked diligently to repair. To those who love God and are called according to his purposes, he will never leave nor forsake, for that is his purpose.
Holding onto this promise, among others, has given me encouragement in light of difficulties. For even if the whole world should be against me (which it certainly isnt), God is for me. What should I fear?