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He Will Never Forsake You

 

I went for a walk this afternoon to clear my head.  I honestly can’t remember the last time I did that.  Before I left the house I grabbed one of my Bibles, the one with the blue leather cover, and my favorite hooded sweatshirt.  I drove over to the American River, got out of my car, and found a pathway that led up to the cliffs.  It was slightly hidden from plain view and littered with crushed beer cans and bottle caps.  I made my way up to the highest part of the cliff and carefully inched my way to the edge. 

The view from the top was breath-taking. 

For a moment, the world below suddenly seemed insignificant.  I looked out and could see the horizon stretch out for miles.  As I stood there, my ears were protected from the assault of car horns, screeching tires, arrogant subwoofers, and blaring sirens.  All I heard was the voice of nature.   A calm wave swept over me as I watched men fishing in their boats and others sitting by the water’s edge taking advantage of a beautiful day and enjoying one another’s company.  It felt good knowing I wasn’t the only one taking a break from the hustle and bustle of life. 

After a few minutes of soaking in my new surroundings I started praying to God, just pouring out my heart to Him.  There was so much I wanted to tell Him, things that have been building up in my heart, a lot of which I couldn’t articulate. 

Despite my struggle to express my thoughts and feelings in prayer, I felt assured that God already knew what I was trying to say.  Psalm 139:2 tells us that He understands our thoughts from afar.  Verse 4 declares that He knows my words before I even speak them.  There is such a deep comfort in this characteristic of God.  Our God is not aloof; He’s not distant from us like the Babylonians thought their gods were (Daniel 2:11).  The fact that He knows our thoughts before we think them and our words before we speak tells me that He’s never too far; our concerns are His concerns.  He cares.

After talking to God, I opened my Bible and started reading from Psalms, praying that God would allow me to hear His voice speaking specifically to me.  He led me to Psalm 9:10, which says, “And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; for You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.”  I read that over and over again, looking away every once in a while to let it sink in.  God never forsakes the seeker!  In other words, no matter how alone or defeated we may feel at times, He has never nor will ever leave or abandon those who seek Him.  The thing is, the psalmist couldn’t have written that if he himself didn’t experience that to the fullest in his own walk with God.  I love reading the Psalms because King David expresses his real emotions and thoughts to God.  It is raw and honest, true to the human experience and walk of faith.  He had the lowest of moments as well as the highest.  He, too, felt scared, frustrated, and overwhelmed. 

Life wasn’t always easy for him. 

He petitions before God, asking, “Why do You stand afar off, O Lord? Why do You hide in times of trouble?” Psalm 10:1.  Isn’t that how we feel sometimes?  Don’t you and I ask those questions too?  The Bible says that David was a man after God’s own heart (Acts 13:22).  Despite this high acclamation, David’s questions of God reveal his utter humanness.  However, he earns this distinction from his passionate and unwavering desire to seek after God, to know Him and His heart in the fullest capacity possible.  Even when life wasn’t always easy, he asked these questions and wrestled with God with the hope of growing in his understanding of Him. 

In our own lives, we ask questions with the intention of receiving answers and deepening our understanding.  King David applied this concept consistently in his relationship with God.  He asked questions because he wanted to understand.  He sought after God’s heart because he wanted to know His heart.  Many of us often interrogate God, flooding one question after the other, but how many of us are actually seeking the answers?

As long as we are true Christ-followers, you and I will face trials in this world.  We will experience the best of times and the worst of times.  That’s life.  Solomon, being the wisest man to have ever lived, articulates this very thought in Ecclesiastes.  Life is unpredictable.  There will be moments where you are praising the Lord and moments where you find yourself on your knees with a broken heart, wondering if God is out there and if He truly cares. 

Friends, be comforted in knowing that God never forsakes those who seek Him.  He never neglects those who put their trust in Him.  Elsewhere the Psalmist writes, “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles” (Psalm 34:17).  “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all” (Psalm 34:19).  “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear…” (Psalm 46:1-2)

Take courage.  Know that we worship a God who cares.  He is not aloof.  He is deeply concerned about our needs.  Trust Him as if you truly believe He is capable of helping you.  Yield to Him as if you expect Him to be the God He says He is.

I walked away from the cliffs today feeling a deep peace in my heart.  There were still a million things racing through my mind but I left fully confident that God is unwaveringly faithful and true to His promises.   

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Born and raised in Chicago, Jon currently resides in Sacramento and serves as an English ministry pastor at the Sacramento Korean Seventh-day Adventist church.


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