“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)
It has to be one of the most comforting promises in Scripture. The God of the universe is with us – today, tomorrow, and forever. What joy and confidence that should give us!
Only recently did I notice the context in which this promise appears. The surrounding verses help us to better frame and apply the text. So in what context did God promise to never leave us? Here it is:
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.” (vv. 4-5)
Zooming out from the single verse gives us a better perspective of the promise. It is in the setting of money and contentment that God says in effect, “Don’t love money, and don’t worry about stuff. Love Me instead and I will be enough for you.”
Remembering that God is always with us allows us to begin asking questions such as, “What would I do if money weren’t a significant issue? What might God like me to try if fear of failure wasn’t a concern? Am I staying in one work setting simply because I fear God won’t provide me with a different job? Do I purchase stuff I don’t need to win the approval of men?”
My friends, God is with you; He will NEVER leave you. And HE is enough – so free yourself from the love of money. Seek to love Him more instead. –Dave
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