Promise #2 – You Are Never Alone
Karen and I are currently watching an excellent series called ‘This Is Us’. It’s about three siblings who grew up together. Twin brother and sister alongside an adopted brother born on the same day as the twins. He was abandoned at the hospital on the same night that the Twins were born so the parents of the twins decided to adopt him as they were supposed to have triplets but one baby died in childbirth. Are you still with me? Don’t worry it could only happen on TV. And if you think that doesn’t make much sense then you’re probably right but please let me reassure the series gets more complicated as you watch each episode and it is totally gripping.
In the series, almost everyone is dealing with the issue of loss. Loss of a father through death, being abandoned as a child or loss of a sports career due to a serious leg injury. And it got me thinking, that loss is one of the hardest things to deal with in life. When it comes to the loss of family or friends it can lead to real genuine feelings of being alone. It is that feeling of emptiness that comes from being on your own or feeling that there is no one around who has your back. We know, however, that it is not just an absence of people which can cause loneliness. Sometimes, we can be lonely in a huge crowd of people, especially if we don’t have a real connection to anyone there.
Last week I spoke about God’s unconditional love for me and what it looks like. One way to see it is in terms of companionship. When my heart is broken, God is there, and his heart is broken too. When no one else understands, the Creator of my very heart does and he sends the Comforter, the Holy Spirit, to help me.
When I feel left out, isolated, or rejected, I remember that the creator of the whole universe never leaves nor forsakes me. Do you really understand the magnitude of God’s promise to never leave you? The Bible emphatically proclaims it by stating that even if your father and mother forsake you, the Lord will hold you close.
Listen, God, I’m calling at the top of my lungs:
“Be good to me! Answer me!”
When my heart whispered, “Seek God,”
my whole being replied,
“I’m seeking him!”
Don’t hide from me now!
You’ve always been right there for me;
don’t turn your back on me now.
Don’t throw me out, don’t abandon me;
you’ve always kept the door open.
My father and mother walked out and left me,
but God took me in. Psalm 27:7-10
The psalmist is crying out to God and the answer is the promise that God took them in. You have one Parent and Friend who is the eternal Lover of your Soul, and Father God will never abandon you.
Let us pray.
Dear Father God, thank you that you took me in so whatever circumstances I am in your promise is that you will never abandon me. May I walk in the truth of that promise today. Amen