When Never Means Never

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Deuteronomy 31:6

Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One, who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.

Hebrews 13:5

Let your conduct be without covetousness [greed]; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

When we think about God, we often think about this unreachable being somewhere far off. We think about the Creator and the Lord over our lives. We think about a strict Father that always tells us no and never lets us have any “fun.” But He calls you His child, friend, and even bride (that goes for you too, gentlemen). Your view of who God is has a lot to do with your upbringing, your culture, and your church experiences. Though they can all play a part in how you view God, these aren’t reliable sources. People have a tract record of messing up, culture is fluid, and the church can get out of wack. God created all of these things to bring you closer to Him but the enemy, which is Satan, perverted them all.

Your most reliable source of who God is is the word of God. Womanoftheword (WOTW) was founded on John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” His word is the only reason I know who He is and His word is the only reason I have a relationship with Him. The same can go for you too! Now, in His word there are many promises but one of my favorites is that He promises to NEVER leave us nor forsake us. He even repeats Himself so that you don’t forget. But so often we act as though God isn’t available and that He’s in some far away place. We treat our prayers as words spoken in vain, even though His word says that He hears us (1 John 5:14). We treat God as if He’s THERE and we’re HERE; but the truth is, there’s no distance between us and God. God is within us. God is Spirit (John 4:24) and when you asked Jesus into your heart, His Spirit came to live inside of you.

Some Christians, I believe, still have a hard time understanding that. His Spirit is no different than your conscience: you can’t see it, you can’t feel it, but you know it’s working inside of you. But His Spirit is greater and more powerful than your human conscience. His Spirit has the authority to do the impossible in your life THROUGH you. God is not limited. He’s omnipotent (all-powerful), omniscient (all-knowing), and omnipresent (everywhere at all times). And since He’s everywhere at all times, there’s no reason to feel alone. You are never alone. You may feel abandoned by people or rejected by opportunities in your life, but God has promised (several times) not to do that to you.

When you asked Jesus into your heart, you entered into a binding contract with Him. You entered into an eternal marriage with Him and you are His bride (yes  −  even you, gentlemen). He is your faithful husband who will NEVER leave you. His never means NEVER. He has placed a ring on you by His Spirit that He will NEVER remove. The words leave, abandon, reject, hate, and divorce aren’t even in His vocabulary. He will NEVER think that way about you no matter what you do. He wants you to know this and trust that His word is true and how feels about you is genuine. Don’t tie your experiences with people, culture, and church with the relationship of God. His NEVER means NEVER.

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