Welcome to our first week on faithfulness. I have to say, I have LOVED studying this verse. I’ve found it so encouraging and so inspiring: it’s definitely a memory verse to treasure:
God has said: Never will I leave you. Never will I forsake you. Hebrews 13:5.
Just looking at those words, I find this amazing. “Never” is repeated: God will NEVER leave us. He will NEVER forsake us. No matter what we do, or what situation we find ourselves in, God is always with us.
This is God’s faithfulness. His faithfulness to us is complete. 100%. He is always there for us.
So this is God’s faithfulness to us. His presence. His love. It is not Him always saying yes to us, or always giving us everything we want. But it is Him always being there.
And us? We need to be there. We need to respond and give Him our faithfulness and our presence in return.
When I looked at the context of this verse, I found out some more about His faithfulness.
This verse, from Hebrews, is quoting another verse from Deuteronomy. You can see the little letter next to the verse, and then in the footnote at the bottom of the page it tells you where it’s linked to. In this case, it’s Deuteronomy 31:6.
Let’s look at Deuteronomy first. In this passage, Moses is saying to the Israelites that God is with them. But look at the other parts of the verse: Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified of them, for the Lord your God goes with you. He will never leave you, nor forsake you.
Therefore, because of God’s faithfulness, we can be strong and courageous! That is exciting! I definitely don’t consider myself to be a strong or courageous woman in my own strength, but with God with me, I am! You can tell how excited I am by this through my over-use of exclamation marks.
Now let’s look at Hebrews. This is a slightly different tone. Paul is writing about Godly behaviour. So he says we should not worry about money and we should be content with what we have: 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.”
Again, how amazing is that? Because of God’s faithfulness, we do not need to worry about money. Because of God’s faithfulness, we can be content.
Strength. Courage. Contentment. Those are some incredible characteristics – definitely ones I’d like to show. And they all result because God is faithful.
The other thing I love about this verse is that it is SO relevant today. Sometimes I get a bit overwhelmed by the idea that God is the same God who created the world, who was the God who led the Israelites out of Egypt, who baptised the disciples with the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, who raised the dead… and yet He is interested in me. Studying these words not only helps me to understand the nature of our faithful God, but also helps me to understand the years of faithful Jews and Christians in our history.
Those Israelites, and those early Christians, went through some terrible, terrible times. In the U.K. we’ve had two terrorist attacks in as many weeks. It can be so hard to see how God is faithful then. But we trust that He is, and that He will never leave us. We pray for London, and we continue to pray for Manchester, praying for all those families who have been affected. We pray for our emergency services, and our leaders, and we pray for peace. Above all, we pray for peace.
Next week, Rachel will be looking at Psalm 86:15 “But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.” Don’t forget to pop over to Rachel’s blog and sign up for our lovely Mummy Meditations community!