Never will I leave you;

Never will I forsake you.

Hebrews 13:5


About a week ago, God velcroed this word to my brain soon after I’d allowed my gray matter to wallow in the muck of untruth, believing the opposite of what He has clearly promised. Daring to suggest that He’d forsaken me when I know that I know that I know He has not.

Since before the creation of all there is, He never has.

And never will.

Still, I nursed the unholy whine… 

I feel so forsaken.

Duly rebuked, I begged forgiveness.

Then, like a bad boyfriend, the lament called again.

I feel so forsaken.

God in His kindness answered back with what sounded like a heaven-sent, baritone voice.

I will never leave you or forsake you.


This precious promise was not a newsflash. I’d read it in Hebrews several years ago in a Bible given to me as a gift for high school graduation. I’d just forgotten.


I took that Bible again and flipped it open, awed that I’d opened right to Hebrews.

The exact chapter.

The exact verse.

In the bottom right corner, my eyes landed on the word, NEVER. All caps.

Gripped by the Spirit of God, I sat silent. Then fixed my gaze on Jesus’ full face, His steady stance on the surface of the water, His hand outstretched amid fierce winds and choppy waves. Undisturbed by the storm, Jesus assured me…

Never will I leave you. Never will I forsake you.

The cool thing about the word never is that only God can make that promise.

Try as I might to promise I’ll never do or say things I ought not to do or say, I will let others down.

Comes with being human.

Limited, subject to mood swings, mental and emotional track changes, far too easily unraveled by present circumstances. 

In Jen Wilkin’s book None Like Him, Get it on Amazon here she aptly says,

When we apply the terms always or never to other people, we speak an untruth. Human beings don’t always or never anything…As finite and mutable creatures, we cannot lay claim to these terms…They can only truly be spoken of God.

Only God is never. Only God is always. I can’t be either.

Only God is never. Only God is always. I can’t be either.

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Which makes me officially off the hook in that I am not ‘never on time’ or ‘always late’ — contrary to what others have alleged. With that, I rest my case and rejoice in the unchanging truth…

Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you. Hebrews 13:5

Do you need to be assured He will never forsake you? How has it helped you to know He is always there?

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