God will never leave you nor forsake you: What does that really mean?

Posted on November 7, 2017 By Steve Gray

It’s unfortunate to say, but we live in a society where being left and forsaken is a norm. Whether it is a friend, a parent, a spouse, or someone else close to you, most of us have had someone we care about leave our lives. What can also be difficult is when someone is physically still in your life, but internally and emotionally have built a wall and forsaken you. They are no longer doing things for your sake -- it’s all about them, and never about you.​

This is a painful thing to face, and it can create a hole in your heart that only Jesus is capable of filling.  This is why understanding what God means when He says He will never leave or forsake you is so important.​

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.” (Hebrews 13:5)​

When God says He will never leave you or forsake you, He is saying that He will continually be there for you in heart, mind, and spirit. He will constantly, as long as you are open, pour out His heart, His grace, His love, His joy, His wisdom, His health and His freedom to you, all for your sake alone- not for the benefit of Himself.​

God isn’t just “there” in a physical sense because He has to be. He is 100%, wholeheartedly dedicated to doing things for your sake, as any good father is.​

The question is... Do we feel the same way toward him?​

We may go to church, pray, and read our Bibles (although many Christians don’t even do that!), but is it for His sake or our own? Is it to make ourselves feel better, or for Christ to be glorified?​

If Jesus has saved us, set us free, delivered us, given us wisdom, increased us, regulated our minds, mended our hearts, comforted our spirits, provided for us, fixed our relationships, rescued our soul, and made us whole like we boast about...then why are we so hesitant, as a Church, to give ourselves fully to Him?​

I believe it is because we’ve forgotten that our relationship with God was never intended to be one-sided. Just as God does things for our sake, we should be giving God our whole selves, flaws and all, for His sake.​

It’s not about repaying God for His goodness or trying to be perfect. We could never do that! It’s about recognizing the depth and width of who He is. It’s about realizing that, because of all He has done, the least we can do is give Him our hearts – live our life for His sake, and not o