Hebrews 13:5 - Always There!

Hebrews 13:5 (NKJV) For He Himself has said, 
I will never leave you nor forsake you.  


   I remember one of the first times as a 
young believer when I didnt feel Gods 
presence. I woke up one morning and just didnt have 
the great feeling I had before. And being new in 
the faith and not knowing the Bible very well, I 
thought, I think God left me last night. What 
   When I talked to a Christian friend about 
it, he told me, Youre going through a 
   What? Im on trial?
   No, youre going through a trial.
   Whats a trial?
   My friend explained there are times in 
our lives when we dont feel the presence of 
God, but He is still there. And in time I came to 
realize that God will allow us to go through 
   For instance, you might walk outside 
tomorrow, and its an overcast day. So you say, 
The sun was here yesterday. But I dont see 
the sun today. I don't feel its warmth. I guess 
the sun must have gone away last night. 
   No, the sun hasnt gone away. It has 
been merely obscured by a cloud covering. And if 
you dont believe that, then try going to the 
beach without wearing any sunscreen. When you 
return home resembling a ripe tomato, you will 
realize the sun was out. 
   In the same way, some people falsely 
conclude that when they dont feel God, He is gone. 
He has disappeared. But He is there, even when 
you dont feel Him. The Bible tells us in 
Hebrews, For He Himself has said, I will never 
leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5 
   It is during these times that we must 
walk by faith, not by feeling, because God has 
promised in His Word that He will be with us. That is 
how we know He is there. [By Greg Laurie from 
Harvest Ministries; https://www.harvestdaily.com] 


O Love That Won't Let Go
   My friend Melanie and I love to sing the 
old song, 'O love that will not let me go, I 
rest my weary soul in Thee.... We need to. It's 
not only because she's holding life together by 
her fingers and toes, raising two active little 
boys and a toddler in diapers, cheering on her 
pastor-husband, keeping house, shopping, cooking, and 
running countless errands. 
   On top of that, she is going blind. Her 
world is blurring over. First it was labels on 
soup cans. Then it was the aisles in the store. 
Soon it will be her children's faces. In an 
e-mail, Melanie wrote: "The toughest battles in my 
life are coming up and it's as though I'm already 
losing the war! I feel as though life is leaving me 
as my vision fades. I have such a sense that 
'In this world you will have trouble....' Joni, 
I am waiting for the peace." 
   I want to stay close on my friend's heels 
as we journey further into the fellowship of 
his sufferings. It's a road no one should walk 
alone. Me or you. Melanie, on this eve of your 
birthday, I'll tell you what. I'll keep being your 
eyes, and you keep being my hands. And Jesus will 
keep holding us with His grace... his love will 
not let us go. 
   Jesus has promised never to fail us, 
never to leave us, never to let us go. But there 
are times when we need the warm touch of a 
fellow traveler along the sometimes difficult path 
of life. Will you be our Lord's touch, his 
smile, his comfort, his word of encouragement and 
hope to someone in a dark place today? 
   Lord, You have comforted me so many times 
with a word or a hug or a note from one of Your 
children. I'm asking You this day for the opportunity 
to pass that love along. [Joni Eareckson Tada 
Daily Devotional: 


   People talk about generational curses, 
about how theres a curse on their family and 
theres no way to break the curse. They say things 
like, Its too late for me. Ive made so 
many mistakes, and Im in this messed-up 
family. I know that Im going to do the same bad 
things that my mom and dad did, and then my kids 
are going to do them. Theres no way to break 
the cycle of sin. 
   When Jesus died on the cross, all curses 
- all sins - were broken. And when you put 
your faith in Christ, youre free from it. 
Jesus can change your story. 
   If statistics went their natural 
direction, I would have been divorced multiple times by 
now, because my mom was married and divorced 
seven times. If statistics went their natural 
direction, Id probably be a drunk, because my mom 
was an alcoholic. But God interrupted my story. 
And He can do the same for you. 
   The Bible says that Samson didnt 
realize the Lord had left him (Judges 16:20 NLT). 
In the Old Testament, we read of the Spirit of 
God coming upon someone or speaking to someone. 
But in Samsons case, the Lord left him. 
   The good news is that Jesus has promised 
believers that He will never leave us or forsake us. 
Ever. God will never leave you, no matter what you 
have done. God wont leave you, but you can 
leave Him. God wont abandon you, but you can 
abandon Him. And maybe youve done that. 
   Maybe youve made the worst decisions 
 and the worst decisions on top of that. Own 
it. Admit it. Repent. Ask God to help. Call out 
to Him. The Lord will answer your prayer, and 
He will change your story. You can come back to 
Him today. [By Greg Laurie from Harvest 
Ministries; https://www.harvestdaily.com] 


   I am with you and for you, your constant 
Companion and Provider. The question is whether you 
are with Me and for Me. Though I never leave 
you, you can essentially, "leave" Me by ignoring 
Me: thinking or acting as if I am not with you. 
When you feel distance in our relationship, you 
know where the problem lies. My Love for you is 
constant; I am the same yesterday, today, and forever. 
It is you who change like shifting sand, 
letting circumstances toss you this way and that.   
   When you feel far from Me, whisper My 
Name. This simple act, done in childlike faith, 
opens your heart to My Presence. Speak to Me in 
love-tones; prepare to receive My Love, which flows 
eternally from the cross. I am delighted when you open 
yourself to My loving Presence. (Gen. 28:15; Rom. 
8:31; Heb. 13:8) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 

   Refresh yourself in the Peace of My 
Presence. This Peace can be your portion at all times 
and in all circumstances. Learn to hide in the 
secret of My Presence, even as you carry out your 
duties in the world. I am both with you and within 
you. I go before you to open up the way, and I 
also walk alongside you. There could never be 
another companion as devoted as I am. 
   Because I am your constant Companion, 
there should be a lightness to your step that is 
observable to others. Do not be weighed down with 
problems and unresolved issues, for I am your 
burden-bearer. In the world you have trials and distress, 
but don't let them get you down. I have 
conquered the world and deprived it of power to harm 
you. In Me you may have confident Peace. (Psa. 
31:19-20; John 16:33) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 




If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred