I Will Not Fail You
by Sharon Betters
God Himself has said, 'I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. I will not, I will not, I will not in any way or degree leave you helpless nor forsake you nor let you down, relax My hold on you.
Hebrews 13:5 Amplified
Stop for a moment and let this truth sink in. In the middle of your deep grief, daughter or son of the King, when you are so afraid of the future that you can barely breathe, so terrified of another phone call or knock on the door that could change your life forever, listen to the words God speaks to you through the promises to Abraham. Trace this promise throughout Scripture:
Abram, Do not be afraid, I will be with you.
Isaac, do not be afraid, I will be with you.
Jacob, do not be afraid, I will be with you.
Joshua, do not be afraid, I will be with you.
Gideon, do not be afraid, I will be with you.
Jeremiah, do not be afraid, I will be with you.
Paul, do not be afraid, I will be with you.
And Jesus to his disciples as he ascended into heaven,
Do not be afraid, I will be with you.
Each one of these individuals had a genuine reason to be afraid. God's call on their lives required them to do very hard tasks, to suffer deep pain, to walk by faith when all they could see was darkness. God's antidote to their fear was not to explain the why or how or even the solution to their challenge. He didn't tell them not to worry, everything would work out okay. No. God's response to their fear was the promise of His presence. His method of comforting our broken hearts is the same. He doesn't tell us why our loved ones are gone or why we are experiencing loss, depression, broken relationships or grief. What answer would be good enough? Instead, He calls out, "Sharon, don't be afraid, I am with you. Trust My heart."
The book of Hebrews was written to frightened believers who were ready to give up. The writer uses every truth possible to encourage them to trust God with the unknown and in the last chapter he proclaims:
God Himself has said, 'I will not in any way fail you nor give you up
nor leave you without support. I will not, I will not, I will not in any way or degree leave you helpless nor forsake you nor let you down, relax My hold on you. Assuredly not!
Hebrews 13:5, Amplified
Remember, however you are spending Christmas, set aside time to reflect on this great gift of Christmas Presence. Ponder that first Christmas, the joy God experienced when He unveiled the fulfillment of His promise to Abraham, when He wrapped up His son in the package of human flesh and delivered Him through the body of a young girl. Think of Immanuel, whose name means, “God with Us!” and realize that He was thinking of how much you would need the reality of His presence as you walked by faith in the Land of Grief. Give yourself permission to laugh, to share memories. Lean into the pain of grief and as you weep, listen for the whisper of God: My child, do not be afraid, I am with you.
As we prepare to journey past Christmas into a new year, don’t miss the opportunity to soak up the promise of God’s presence as the greatest present ever. This is more than a universal belief in God or even the birth of Jesus. It’s meditating on the gift of salvation that comes from a personal relationship with Jesus. If you are not sure He lives in you, take some time to read through Mary’s song and the Christmas story in Luke. Ask the Lord to open your heart to his presence, to the greatest Christmas gift of all. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I would count it a priceless gift to help you understand what it means to be a child of God. May you rest deeply in His presence this Christmas!
STORE UP MORE TREASURES
At some point in our lives, we or someone we know will go through great suffering. In those moments of suffering, we need the encouragement of knowing how Christ and the hope of the gospel can not only meet us in our pain but equip us to encourage others. I encourage you to listen to this Multiple Sclerosis audio resource so that you can store up treasures of encouragement for the next rainy day in your life or someone else's.