God will never leave you nor forsake you
As I thought on the promise of this truth, I realized that for Him to state this promise there would have to be times that we will feel “left and forsaken”. God never gives a promise that is not needed in Scripture.
In my reading of the Scripture, His presence is rarely made known except in special times and circumstances. He wants His people to live their lives based on “what He said” by faith, not what they felt or experienced. The following verses are in the context of the trying times that would be the experience of those to whom it was written.
The children of Israel had wandered in the wilderness for 40 years. Now they were preparing to cross the Jordan and enter in to the promised land and this is the last instructions by Moses in preparation before they go in. Fear of the inhabitants of the land would be the natural response for the children of Israel so the Lord instructs them to “be strong and of good courage”.
Deuteronomy 31:6 Historical Highway Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them, for Jehovah, who saves by covenant, your Creator Eloheim, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you."
Again, the natural reaction to what the Israelites were now facing would be to fear causing them to lack courage and strength now that they were in the promised land. And once again, the Lord instructs them.
Joshua 1:9 Historical Highway Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage. Do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for Jehovah, who saves by covenant, your Creator Eloheim is with you wherever you go."
In the New Testament a couple thousand years later when Jesus was raised from the dead and He gives His disciples instructions as they were to go forth into all the world and preach the gospel. He once again instructs them to remember that He will be with them to the end of the age, calling to their remembrance what was spoken to the Israelites as they were going into the promised land.
Matthew 28:20 Historical Highway Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Pneuma Hagios, the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you, and see, I am with you always even to the end of the age." Amen.
In closing the book of Hebrews, the writer sums up his message to them, as he quotes the Lord’s instruction that covers both Testaments to His followers, both the Jews and the Church, and is an extremely important promise that applies to us today.
Hebrews 13:5-6 Historical Highway Let your conduct be without covetousness. Be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said,
"I will never leave you nor forsake you."
So we may boldly say,
"Kyrios, the Lord, is my helper. I will not fear.
What can man do to me?"
This brief and simple exhortation is the thing we most often forget and that can open the door to all kinds of hurtful situations. May you be strengthened as you take this basic truth to heart.
Now may God Himself bless and keep you as you obey Him.