September 20, 2020

Bob Maas
“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.”
Deuteronomy 31:6
“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.’ So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?’”
Hebrews 13:5

God’s promise that He will never leave me nor forsake me gives me tremendous assurance. No matter what my circumstances are, whether they appear positive or negative, He is always with me. Each day, in every moment, I am able to direct my thoughts toward Him and face my trials knowing that I am not alone. Regardless of my situation, the gospel message is enough to sustain me and bear me up. All of my life God has been there but distractions, in their innumerable forms, have drawn my attention away from Him and I have isolated myself like a wandering child. I allowed many different kinds of thoughts to take the place of opportunities to have fellowship with Him. Every feeling of regret, guilt and shame as well as all of my hopes, aspirations and dreams have enticed me away from the cross and the reality of His presence. Now, keeping my focus of attention on Him and abiding in the awareness of His presence makes all that is going on around me so easy to enjoy. My greatest desire, for the remaining time that I have to live on this plane of existence, is to continually delight in unbroken fellowship with the Lord.