Never Abandoned


“The LORD will not abandon his people – for it has pleased the LORD to make you his very own people.”
I Samuel 12:22 (NLT)

I don’t know how it could be any clearer, yet if you struggle, as I have, with issues of shame and abandonment, this verse will seem like some vague concept you can’t quite get your thoughts around. However, I have come to believe that even in the most fearful of us, the Lord can meet us, open our eyes to the truth and give us hope and peace. “The Lord will not abandon His people.” Don’t just read these words, feel them. Drop your guard, relax your shoulders, take a deep breath and as you exhale slowly let the emotion of this tremendous promise sink deep into your chest: “God, our Father, will not abandon you.” And if that is not enough, hear the author say, “It has pleased the Lord to make you His very own people.” And that you are! Today, know deep in your heart, “You are God’s child and He will never, never, never abandon you.”

Dear Father, forgive me for my fears of your abandonment and a lack of trust in Your love. I renounce this, Lord. Today, I accept the fact that it pleased You to make me Your child and that you will never abandon me. I praise You, Lord, for this.

We Live By Faith

For we live by believing and not by seeing.
II Corinthians 5:7 (NLT)

We live by faith. I sometimes wonder what was wrong with the disciples? They were with Jesus. They saw Him everyday, they saw the miracles, they heard the teachings, and yet, how many times did Jesus have to say, “Oh, you of little faith!” Thomas wouldn’t believe in the resurrection until he saw Jesus and the nail prints in His hands. So Jesus told him, “Thomas, you believe because you have seen with your own eyes. How blessed are they who believe and yet have not seen?” And that is our lot. We believe without seeing. We live by faith. Paul writes, “Now we see things imperfectly as in a cloudy mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity.” We live in what John Wimber called the “here and not yet”. It means that the Kingdom of God has come to earth but we are not in Heaven yet. The good news is for this world God has assured us that faith is enough. With faith we can have hope and certainty. Paul concludes, “We live by believing, not by seeing.” Today, trust God. Put your faith in Him. Look at life with your spiritual eyes and you will see that faith has a sight of its own.

Father, forgive me for my lack of faith. Today I choose to put all my trust in You. Guide me I pray.


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One thought on “Never Abandoned”

  1. Thank you!! I needed this this morning!!! I was really feeling down when I woke up!! I feel lonely & not loved!!!

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