One of Our Greatest Fears
“…for He has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.” - Hebrews 13:5
This is one of the most encouraging verses in all the Bible. Greek scholars tell us this sentence, "I will never leave thee nor forsake thee," actually has five negatives in it. Now we say a double negative is bad English, but evidently it wasn't bad Greek. In the Amplified Version it reads: “I will never, no not ever, no never leave you nor forsake you.” Now friend, that will take the fear out of the future. Nothing can separate you from the love of God.
A preacher was visiting a grandmother in his church, trying to comfort her in her old age. I believe she knew the Lord better than he did, however. He took out his Greek New Testament and was reading this verse to her, explaining there were five negatives there. The grandma said, "Well, God may have to say it five times for you Greek boys, but once is enough for me."
We fear because we're afraid we're going to have to face something we don't understand, and we'll have to face it alone. God wants us to walk in faith, not fear, because He is always with us—He dwells within us!
Do you fear being forsaken, lonely? Most of us do. Yet we have the companionship of His presence. We fear our friends will leave us. Psychiatrists say the greatest need we have on earth is not material but the ability to love and be loved. The Lord has said, “I will never leave you.” Do you believe that promise? God speaking to you. Are you listening? It would be a good idea to commit Hebrews 13:5 to memory this week.
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