I was reading through Genesis 16-17, concerning God’s promise to Abraham and Sarah and their attempt to make His promise come true in a way they could understand (giving Hagar to Abraham to produce Ishmael). I asked the Lord, “What do you want me to do after reading this?” No flashes of lighting, no tangible thing to do, just, “Be patient. Believe my promises will come to pass even if you don’t see it.”
“Okay. But what is your promise to me Lord?” I questioned.
Then a couple hours later I opened up Amy Carmichael’s “Edges of His Ways” and read today’s note. Here’s an excerpt:
Hebrews 13:5: I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Many years ago someone told me that “forsake” is a compound of three words in the Greek, “leave behind in.” It conveys the thought of leaving comrades exposed to peril in the conflict, or forsaking them in some crisis of danger. Westcott interprets this verse, “I will in no wise desert you or leave you alone in the field of contest, or in a position of suffering; I will in no wise let go- loose hold- My sustaining grasp.”
This promise cannot fail. Let us stand upon it, and rejoice in it…
So there’s my promise: Jesus will never leave me behind in this time of testing!
I was so excited to receive this for sure answer to my question that I went and looked up Hebrews 13:5 in the Strong’s at Blue Letter Bible and found it really is true. Forsake means:
a) leave in straits, leave helpless
b) totally abandoned, utterly forsaken
2) to leave behind among, to leave surviving
Jesus will not leave us who have put our trust in Him. He won’t abandon or desert us. He won’t leave us in the straits we got ourselves in, or find ourselves in. He won’t leave us helpless. He won’t leave us behind among the cares, fears, accusations, and depravity of this world. He doesn’t say He’ll take us out of them, but He won’t leave us to survive it alone! Oh HOPE! Fresh air! Light! Thank You Jesus!
And not only that but the word leave in that verse holds to me an even more dear meaning:
1) to send back, relax, loosen
2) to give up, omit, calm
3) to leave, not to uphold, to let sink
Our Living Lord (though unseen by us- yet aren’t we blessed that we hold on believing having never seen) will not only not leave us in the trials of life to survive, He also won’t send us back or give up on us when we fail. Like Peter, He won’t let us sink when we take our eyes off of Him and find ourselves sinking in the sea of the difficulty. We may begin to sink, but he will not let us sink. All we must do is cry out, “Save me Lord!”
Oh this is a promise we can all stand on! It is my promise! Though like Abraham I may find myself waiting to see it come to pass. It will! He has promised, so whether I see or not, I can say, “The Lord is not going to send me back though I’ve failed. He is not going to let me sink, though I feel like I’m going to drown. He is with me though I don’t see Him. He hasn’t left me to endure this trial alone, to survive the best I can. He walks with me through this dark valley. I will believe though I do not see!”
Thank you sweet Savior!