Even to day is my complaint bitter: my stroke is heavier than my groaning. Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat! I would order my cause before him, and fill my mouth with arguments. I would know the words which he would answer me, and understand what he would say unto me. Will he plead against me with his great power? No; but he would put strength in me. There the righteous might dispute with him; so should I be delivered for ever from my judge. Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him: On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him: But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined.
The writer of Hebrews records God’s never never ever promise – “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.”
There is an emphatic dynamic embedded in this particular verse of Scripture, which the English translation from the Greek does not adequately capture or convey. Students of the Greek language know it to be a double negative, which is designed to strengthen the statement – removing it far beyond all doubt.
The Amplified Bible perhaps says it best: “For God Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. I will not, I will not, I will not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let you down; nor relax My hold on you! Assuredly not!”
In other words, “I will never, never, never leave you; never ever! And that’s a promise.”
But, sometimes the nearness of His presence is not always felt. There are times when it seems as though the Lord is no where to be found. We cry out, and there is no answer. We seek desperately for some token, and find none. Yet He is still there. And often we do not realize it until after that season of silence has passed.
It is then we discover just how near He was to us. Perhaps, like the Psalmist, we may view such seasons as our having been “in the shadow of
His wings.” Yes, He is near; even when it seems so dark. James Ryle
“The word forsake means, “to loosen and let go; to leave exposed and thereby permit anything to happen.” It is the ultimate act of parental irresponsibility. But the Lord does not stand by indifferently when parents drop the ball. He takes up the discarded kids, one and all. To “take up” means “to gather an individual into a company of others; to collect (as something of great value), and to harvest as something of great purpose.”
Did you know that you matter that much to God? He sees you as someone of great value, and views your life as one having great purpose. Perhaps right now you are unable to see that, or even believe it – but it is true.”
(Excerpt from Released from the Prison My Father Built, pg.32, James Ryle)
Trust God for your day…TODAY