‘I will never leave you nor forsake you…’ Hebrews 13:5
“Come on, Johnny. It’s time to go. Johnny, if you don’t come right now, I’m leaving you… OK, Johnny, here I go. Goodbye…” The harried mother walks away, not really intending to leave her child, but hoping her threat will lure Johnny away from the tempting candy or toys.
Do you ever imagine God making such threats? “If you can’t pay attention when you’re praying, I’ll stop listening.” Or “If you don’t witness, I won’t love you.” It is unimaginable that a mother would leave her toddler child in a busy store without her protection, but how much more irrational is it that he who gave his own Son will not also stay at our side through all the ups and downs of our relationship with him.
Conditioned by fickle human relationships, we’re tempted to believe that God is just the same, waiting for us to prove our love for him, or make ourselves good enough to be accepted into his arms. But his promises are as sure as his nature: always good, always loving, always just, always merciful. Never, ever will he leave you or forsake you. You can count on it!
By Marilyn Ehle
Used by Permission
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