Many years ago, I saw a television show starring Tony Franciosa. His character was a handsome, private detective who often got into serious trouble. In one episode, he messed with the wrong people and after a sound beating, landed in a dumpster. When his character came to, his line that I will never forget was, “I’ve been thrown away.”
Have you ever felt this way? Perhaps felt as though no one loved you? Maybe a relationship has gone sour and you felt tossed aside? Maybe life in general is just hard! I have good news for you.
God will never leave you or forsake you. It’s true! In Hebrews 13:5b, we read, “for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” The Message translation reads like this: “Since God assured us, ‘I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you,’ we can boldly quote.”
If ever there were a good promise, this is one! You can take it to the bank!
How many times have you wondered to yourself, “God, are you there?” Or have you just asked out loud, “Where are you God?” STOP! Stop and listen.
Personally, I don’t ask God rhetorical questions. When I ask Him something, it’s because I want an answer. Okay, so He hasn’t yet explained where all the dinosaurs went, or if there ever were such a thing as a unicorn. And He hasn’t EVER told me who will win the World Series, but He does respond to the important things in life.
There is so much pain and suffering in the world and I surely don’t have all the answers, but I do know Who does .. every time .. all the time.
When Moses was about one-hundred and twenty years old, his time was almost up; he would not lead Israel into the Promised Land. Moses wanted to make sure the Israelites were ready to go in with Joshua. In the Old Testament in the book of Deuteronomy 31:6, Moses told his people, “Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”
After the death of Moses, the Lord God spoke to Joshua and told him to take the people and cross over the Jordan into the land He had given them. And yet again, God promised in Joshua 1:5 “There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”
Do you see what God is telling His people? He is saying that He will never leave us or forsake us and He is telling us to FEAR NOT.
Over and over in the scriptures we are reminded that He is with us. Why, the Old Testament prophet told us that Jesus would be named Immanuel in Isaiah 7:14, and Matthew quoted that scripture in chapter 1 and verse 23: “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.”
Jesus’ name tells us He is with us.
These are promises we can grab for ours and hold onto.
I’ve heard it said there are over 365 “fear nots” in the bible; some go on to say that is one for every day of the year. I’ve not counted them, but if there are so many, it’s a foregone conclusion that to fear not must be important.
Moms and Dads tell their little ones not to be afraid of the dark or the storm because “I am here and I won’t go off and leave you.”
This is exactly what God is saying to His people.
Fear not, for I am with you. I will never leave you or forsake you.
Take these Words and make them yours.
When the world is coming down on you, the bills are piling up, you see no hope and no way out . . . you might want to pray something like this:
Dear Lord, Your Word says that you will never leave me or forsake me. Right now, I stand on your word, I claim your word that tells me to fear not, for You are with me. Thank you, Father for your love and mercy, and it’s in your Son’s name I pray, Amen.
And then, wait upon the Lord.
All scriptures taken from the King James version unless otherwise noted.
Immanuel and Emmanuel are interchangeable.
© 2014 Cat Brennan