When I was a kid, one of my favorite verses was Hebrews 13:5…specifically this phrase in that verse:
“I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
I loved the truth that no matter what, God promised he would never leave me or forget about me. The biggest reason I loved that promise is that as a kid my family moved around, A LOT! By 8th grade, I had lived in 9 different states. Because of that, I don’t have any childhood friends…life long friends from before I was in Jr High…since I moved too much to make any strong lasting friendships. I’m not upset about it, it’s my life…and honestly the experiences of moving a lot have helped me in my life now, so I know God used it to prepare me for the life he was going to call me to live. But, when I was younger, it was really hard!
I distinctly remember when we moved from Colorado to Louisiana between my 7th and 8th grade years…I really struggled. Not because I had some issue with where we were moving, but because I didn’t want to leave the friends I had made. I remember laying in my bed crying and crying, because I was going to lose the friendships I had formed…again! My dad came in and talked to me for a while, which helped. But I was still really sad.
So this verse, and the promise from God that he would never leave or forget about me, became a powerful truth for me to cling to in my young years. No matter where I moved, and no matter how many friendships I lost or were forgotten along the way, God would always be with me, because he would never leave me or forget about me.
I will never leave you or forget about you
In college, Psalm 46:10 became one of my favorite verses.
I had gone through a particularly difficult season my sophomore year, and I was just overwhelmed and exhausted and discouraged and unsure of what to do about it. No matter what I tried, I couldn’t seem to fix things the way I wanted to, or get out of the valley I was seemingly stuck in.
I’ll spare you the long version of this story, but one weekend we had a soccer tournament out of town. The morning we left I missed the bus, and the team didn’t realize I wasn’t with them until several hours into the trip. Yea… when it rains it pours! So I borrowed a car, got the address of the hotel, and drove the 8 hours by myself to meet the team. It was, needless to say, a llloooonnnnggggg drive. Especially because everything I had been struggling with, all my exhaustion and discouragement, was ready to explode…and this ignited that explosion!
On that drive, I had it out with God. And on that drive he spoke to me in a powerful way. As I was driving, and just unloading all of my frustration and pain to God, Psalm 46:10 kept repeating in my head. Over and over, louder and louder and louder, until I couldn’t think of anything else.
“Be Still”. Stop trying! Quit exhausting yourself trying to fix things on your own! Be still, and know that I am God.
He is God, I am not. He can handle any situation in this life, I wasn’t meant to try and handle them alone. I have weaknesses and limitations on my own. I need God’s strength. I needed to rely on him, and allow him and his strength to help and carry me. I was exhausting myself, when I simply needed to be still and trust in God.
Be still, and know that I am God
Maybe you are in a season of life where you feel as though you’ve been abandoned or forgotten, or maybe you’ve lost something or someone very important to you, and it is overwhelming and exhausting. Or perhaps you aren’t in a season like that at this moment. No matter where you are, I want to encourage you with these truths that God used to encourage me, strengthen me, and carry me.
God will never leave or forget about you. NEVER. When you become a Follower of Christ, you become a child of God…you join his family. He is a father who is always there for you, no matter what. He will never leave or forget about you. If you ever think he has, remember that your thoughts and feelings can be fickle and deceive you, but God’s truths are rock solid…so cling to the truth!
Be still and know that he is God. Life can be overwhelming enough without adding to it by trying to control or fix things yourself. God is the one who can handle anything in this life, because he is God. So slow down, step back, be still, and rest in him and his strength. Whatever life throws your way, remember to rely on God…cling to him!
There are honestly so many more verses that God has used to speak to me at times in my life…verses that have so much meaning to me…that to share all of them would honestly require writing a book. But I wanted to share these particular two, because they have been on my mind lately. The truth contained in them, and how God used them in my past, continue to help me even in present.
My prayer is that what I have shared will be used by God in your life. I pray these truths and stories can be a source of encouragement and strength to you, or anyone you share this blog with.
I want to end this blog with the song “I Will” by Citizen Way.