The Never-forsaking God

Oswald Chambersby Oswald Chambers

He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” —Hebrews 13:5

What line of thinking do my thoughts take? Do I turn to what God says or to my own fears? Am I simply repeating what God says, or am I learning to truly hear Him and then to respond after I have heard what He says? “For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we may boldly say: ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?’ ” (Hebrews 13:5-6).

I will never leave you…”— not for any reason; not my sin, selfishness, stubbornness, nor waywardness. Have I really let God say to me that He will never leave me? If I have not truly heard this assurance of God, then let me listen again.

I will never…forsake you.” Sometimes it is not the difficulty of life but the drudgery of it that makes me think God will forsake me. When there is no major difficulty to overcome, no vision from God, nothing wonderful or beautiful— just the everyday activities of life— do I hear God’s assurance even in these?

We have the idea that God is going to do some exceptional thing— that He is preparing and equipping us for some extraordinary work in the future. But as we grow in His grace we find that God is glorifying Himself here and now, at this very moment. If we have God’s assurance behind us, the most amazing strength becomes ours, and we learn to sing, glorifying Him even in the ordinary days and ways of life.

by Oswald Chambers

Heavenly Eyes And The Final Story

Jonathan Cahnby Jonathan Cahn

The story is told of a man who was taken up to heaven and allowed to stay on the condition that he could not indulge in his habit of criticizing whatever he saw. He saw a cart stuck in the mud, with one pair of horses yoked to its front, with another pair yoked to its rear – the angel was urging both pairs of horses to move forward. It was more than the man could bear. He started criticizing and was immediately seized by two angels and shown to the door. Before the door closed behind him, he looked back and saw that the horses were winged and were all pulling the cart up from the mud and into the air. So for all the things in your life which don’t make sense, or seem to happen for no reason or purpose – all the loss, betrayal, crises, heartbreak, broken dreams… remember it’s not the final story. The final story you’ll see in heaven. Until then, know that God has promised that He will work all things in your life for good – and remember the cart and the winged horses.

Today’s Mission

Today, bring your disappointments, frustrations, heartbreaks or broken dreams to the Lord and give thanks that He works them out for your good.

by Jonathan Cahn