November 28, 2020

Pastoral Nuggets: Never Alone

Brother-Aaron-236x300In Hebrews 13: 5(b)(KJV) we find a promise from God.  He said, “… I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

And in 1 Corinthians 10:13(KJV) we find, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

Sometimes I am guilty of “reading into” scripture things it simply doesn’t say.

In these particular passages my “read into” is that as a Christian, and most assuredly as a preacher, God will “fix” all my problems and never “burden” me beyond my ability to bear.

However, as noble as these may seem, neither is true! God never promised to “fix” all my problems – nor did He promise never to burden me beyond my ability to bear. (There’s a big difference between a temptation and burden.)

In fact, my burdens often drive me to my knees and there are many areas and things in my life that are in a state of disrepair.

But what God did promise is the premise of this Pastor’s Column today. He simply promised to take my life-journey with me.

As Christians, I encourage you to realize, as I have, that regardless of your situation, you are living in a promise from God. He promised to take your life-journey – all of it – with you!

The words of an old song come to mind, “I’ve seen the lightning flashing, and heard the thunder roll. I’ve felt sin’s breakers dashing, trying to conquer my soul.

I’ve heard the voice of my Savior, telling me still to fight on. He promised never to leave me, never to leave me alone. Refrain: No, never alone. No, never alone. He promised never to leave me, never to leave me alone.”

Jeremiah, the Weeping Prophet, is a man who endured the affliction of God’s wrath. He stated that he knew what it was like to walk in darkness and not in the Light and to have God turn His hand against him. He states he knew what it is like to be broken by God.

Jeremiah states that God has hedged him about – not to keep the enemy out – but to keep him from being delivered from God’s wrath. He knew what it was like to drink the gall of God’s bitterness. He knew what it was like to be “broken” by God.

Yet, in Lamentations 3:21-26(KJV) he states, “This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.”

As Christians, no matter our plight, as Jeremiah, we must realize that it is because of the Lord’s mercies and compassions that we are not consumed. God’s mercies and compassions are inexhaustible. They are new every morning.

His faithfulness to us is great! He is good to those who wait on him and seek Him. Therefore, although our burdens drive us to our knees and He doesn’t always “fix” everything in our lives, He is taking our life journey with us.

Therefore, we have hope and should quietly wait on His salvation – realizing we are never alone. Never! We are living in a promise from God:   Hebrews 13; 5(b) (KJV) “… for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” No. Never alone!

Brother Aaron

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