Hebrews 13:5 (NIV) ~ God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”
Charlie James grew up in what seemed, to everyone looking in, to be a happy family. But when the doors were closed and he went to bed, he could hear his mother and father shouting at each other. His mother’s voice rang through his ears with words that he did not grasp as a young boy. He could hear his mother shouting at his dad, “You’re pathetic, you’re useless, I never knew why I married a loser like you! You’re no good, good for nothing waster!” Charlie’s dad worked as hard as he could from 6am until 7pm Monday to Friday and then 6am until 2pm on a Saturday, but no matter what his dad did, it was never enough. Then one day when Charlie came home from school, he found his dad home from work early, crying in the living room. Charlie’s mother had left; it broke both his heart and his father’s heart.
Later on in life, Charlie’s dad died, he had been Charlie’s best friend, and it really hit Charlie hard losing his dad. About two years later, Charlie met someone whom he later married. The day his son was born was one of the happiest moments in Charlie’s life. Charlie worked as hard as he could to provide for his family, but one day his wife beat him for not doing a simple chore, then the verbal abuse started. It sounded exactly like those words he had heard all those years ago when his mum was shouting at his dad. Then Charlie’s wife said, “I don’t love you anymore, accept it, it is over, I want nothing to do with you.” Then his wife left him with their baby. Charlie was all alone. In his agony he turned to the only place he knew to turn, Charlie James went to the Lord in prayer. He turned to the Bible and began to read Psalm 27: 10 (NIV), “Though my mother and father forsake me the Lord will rescue me.” Then as if he was being lead by the hand, he turned to Hebrews 13:5 to 6 (NIV), “God said, ‘Never will I leave you: never will I forsake you’ So we say will confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper.’”
These little verses of Scripture were all he needed to hear to help him get over all those years of feeling rejected and abandoned. In the past, he felt as if it was his fault that all these things happened, that somehow he was to blame, but the more he prayed the more God healed his broken heart.
My friend, when all you have left is God you have everything you need to start again. God will never let go of you, He will never, ever leave you nor forsake you, but will always be there for you as your helper, friend and Deliverer. In time, God brought someone into Charlie’s life, now each and every day he is so grateful to God and appreciates the woman God has brought into his life that one day he will marry. Those feelings of rejection are now just old faded scars that no longer affect him. God has showed Charlie what true acceptance and true love is. He has shown him that in God there is always a new chapter to enter into and new adventures of faith to enjoy. He has shown him that in God you are accepted in the Beloved, you are wanted and appreciated.
What God has done for Charlie James, he can do for you, too. If you have ever felt abandoned or rejected, or your partner in life or business partner, or even your best friend has left you high and dry, if you have ever felt that you are all alone, then turn to God in prayer and to His word, and not only read it, but feel his powerful promise for you in our text for today in Hebrews 13:5 (NIV), “God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’”
God bless you my friend, Matthew.