Hebrews 13:5 NIV
5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,
“Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.”[a]
Our Christian life is a life of learning and spiritual growth, through testing.
In this process, we either trust God and His promises or we don’t.
Besides the gift of grace and salvation, His greatest promise is found in these ten words “Never will I ever leave you; never will I forsake you.”
These words should bring peace and comfort during any storm of life we might be experiencing.
In fact, this is the most comforting promise that God has made to us.
To forsake means to abandon.
God will never abandon any of His children.
In this verse along with others, God’s word teaches us to not put our trust in money or material things of this world. To do so shows our disbelief in His promises to some degree. We are instructed to be content with what God has given us and to avoid the sin of covetousness.
Why are we to be content? The basis for such contentment is God’s promise.
We have His promise that he will never leave us, nor forsake us at any time. Never. He is ever-present with His help.
WE HAVE NOTHING TO FEAR
I’m sure we have all seen a young child in a large department store who has wandered off to another aisle or part of the building, away from their parent (you may have done this as a child…I did once).
When mom or dad find their child, the apprehension goes away instantly. You can see the child immediately move from fear to peace and comfort.
When trials come our way as adults, sometimes we might feel just like this child who wanders off and gets lost in the crowd. Alone and scared.
However, just like our physical parents who would never leave us or forsake us, our Heavenly Father will not either.
It doesn’t mean that we won’t have struggles, pain and suffering. It does mean that God will provide sufficient grace to enable us to prevail. He will never leave us or forsake us, but will see us through our trials.
GOD'S GREATEST PROMISE
Can we abandon Him? Yes, we can and Paul taught the converted Jews that to fall back into Judaism and reject Christ would result in their fall from grace.
But God will never leave us or forsake us. Unlike the lost child, we won’t have to look for Him, as He is always with us. In Him we have or can find strength and peace. In Him we can face our trials with faith and trust. In Him we can face our struggles with courage and not be afraid. In Him, we can be encouraged and not discouraged.
As God’s child, we have his greatest promise of all, that He will never ever abandon us, but will give us the grace, peace and strength to endure all things.