TODAY'S WORD FOR Wednesday, April 18, 2018:
Go away from; abandon; quit; stop doing; postpone; desist from.
I will never leave you nor forsake you.
The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their cry.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
The one thing that we remember vividly from when we were small children was that we did not like to be left alone. There was a sense of security when our parents, even just one of them, were with us but when they left for some reason it was scary. Baby sitters were no substitute for the security of our parents.
As believers we have a promise that our Father in heaven will never leave us. In the verse above from Hebrews when He says He will never leave us He means that He will be with us at all times and through every situation we face in life. He is always present with us. Just think what that means. By His presence, He makes everything possible to each of us that believe in Him. He is almighty, all powerful, all knowing and thus all of His attributes are with us at all times because He is always with us. As a child of God no attribute of God can be kept away from us. He is our source of power, courage and wisdom. What a mighty promise that He has given us.
It is so important that a person who believes in Jesus understands that when God makes a promise and says He will never leave us, He keeps His word and the promise is intended for all who believe in Him. Whatever God says to one person and it is recorded in the scriptures it is intended for all generations that follow.
Just before the Israelites entered the promised land, Moses gave them this promise from the Lord as recorded in Deuteronomy 31:6: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.”
After Moses died, God gave this same promise to Joshua in Joshua 1:5b saying: “As I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will never leave you nor forsake you.”
What a wonderful assurance this promise is for us today. We are assured that just as God was with the Children of Israel in their tough battles, He will be with us in our every situation we face.
When God gave the Word to Abraham and when He gave the Ten Commandments to Moses, He gave it to all, including you and me. God is not a respecter of persons. He wants us all to share in His love and His promises. We have the blessed assurance that He will always be with us through thick and thin. He will never leave us.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Joshua 1:8.
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Thank You for never leaving me nor forsaking me. Thank You for this wonderful promise and the assurance that I have in my heart that You are always with me until the day I meet you in heaven.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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