“the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you, never nor forsake you”
Last Monday I was teaching a Bible Study about when the Israelites left Egypt and started heading towards The Promised Land armed for battle, thinking they could take on the world. God knew that they weren’t that strong…how worn out they were from the 400 years of bondage. As they headed out, they were sure they could handle everything, but the first sign of trouble set them into full on panic, ready to run back to Egypt.
Breaking free is always a difficult thing to do, whether it’s sin, a bad habit, an unhealthy relationship or a negative workplace. Everything in our nature screams to keep things the way they are, to stay where we know what to expect. The Israelites were no different than us. They left Egypt with their feet, but not with their hearts. For a time they waffled back and forth between wanting to move forward into The Promised Land and wanting to go back to Egypt. Instead they got stuck in the desert. Todd’s illustration of the 3 Signposts in my book is a great visual of this cycle.
In order to help the people go the right way, God placed a pillar of cloud in the day and a pillar of fire at night. It never left its place in front of the people. It was a visual reminder that God was with them. The verse above tells us how God is with us, that he never leaves us and never forsakes, rejects or abandons us. How incredible is that! God wanted us to understand this so much that He “repeats” himself, with this same message, many times so we could be sure that it is true. At least 10 times God sends this message to us in His Word! Be encouraged today…God is with YOU! He won’t leave, reject or abandon YOU! So don’t waffle back and forth. Move forward today in all God has for you!
Father, help me to let Your Word sink deep in my spirit so I trust you when you say that you are with me. Help me to be confident that You won’t leave me, You won’t reject me, You won’t abandon me. Let me takes steps toward Your good plan for my life today! Amen.
Never will I leave you “Repeat” verses: Deuteronomy 31:6, Deuteronomy 31:8, Joshua 1:5, 1 Chronicles 28:20, Psalm 37:28, Psalm 94:14, Isaiah 41:17, Isaiah 42:16, Hebrews 13:5
(WATER IN THE DESERT; Section 2-WATER PARTING-STARTING TO SWIM, pg.68)