[CF Devotionals] 2010-02-24 - Never Forsake You

Hebrews 13:5, 6, “He Himself has said, ‘I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,’ so that we confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What shall man do to me?’”

It is a precious promise from God’s word we are given in Hebrews 13. Paul is quoting some text, “He Himself has said,” but what text? There actually isn’t an exact Old Testament text that links up perfectly with the Hebrews text, but there are a few that are very close. I thought this day that I would investigate a little, and provide some possible sources for this promise. I hope that they encourage you. They are all wonderful promises and passages from the Living God to you and me. Let us cherish them and give thanks to the Lord, for the precious mercies He extends upward.

The first possible source we find in Genesis 28:15. It is a promise to Jacob. “And behold, I am with you, and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.” It is not a perfect fit, but we know from history that God did keep this promise to Jacob. Another passage that is probably an even closer fit is Deuteronomy 31:6, where Moses is speaking to the children of Israel, before he went up to Nebo and died. “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the Lord your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.”

In the next two verses of the Deut. 31 passage, we have Moses’ charge to Joshua, which is very similar. “Be strong and courageous, for you shall go with this people into the land which the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall give it to them as an inheritance. And the Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear, or be dismayed.” This is repeated again in Joshua 1:5. In this case, it is God’s promise to Joshua, which echoed Moses’ promise. “Just as I have been with Moses, I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you.”

There are two other passages where we see the roots of this passage in Hebrews. I hope you are getting the wonderful nature of God’s promises to His children. He loves us. He has always loved us. He is ever with us, and we do not need to fear. King David, in 1 Chronicles 28:20, says to Solomon, “Be strong and courageous, and act; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you nor forsake you.” Lastly, I remind you of a passage many of us have probably committed to memory, “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Surely I will help you; surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand,” Isaiah 41:10.

There is the promise given in Hebrews 13:5, 6 enlarged a little with its Old Testament pedigree. I hope it encourages you. Our God is an awesome God. He will never desert us. He will never forsake us.

Soli Deo Gloria,

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