God Has Never Failed You (Deuteronomy 31:6-8)
Deuteronomy 31:8, “And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.”
One tribe of native Americans had a unique practice for training young braves. On the night of a boy's thirteenth birthday, he was placed in a dense forest to spend the entire night alone. Until then he had never been away from the security of his family and tribe. But on this night he was blindfolded and taken miles away. When he took off the blindfold, he was in the middle of thick woods. By himself. All night long. Every time a twig snapped, he probably visualized a wild animal ready to pounce. Every time an animal howled, he imagined a wolf leaping out of the darkness. Every time the wind blew, he wondered what more sinister sound it masked. No doubt it was a terrifying night for many. After what seemed like an eternity, the first rays of sunlight entered the interior of the forest. Looking around, the boy saw flowers, trees, and the outline of the path. Then, to his utter astonishment, he beheld the figure of a man standing just a few feet away, armed with a bow and arrow. It was the boy's father. He had been there all night long. Can you think of any better way for a child to learn how God allows us to face the tests of life? God is always present with us. God's presence is unseen, but it is more real than life itself.
Moses instructed Israel to be “strong and of a good courage” because their God would not fail them nor forsake them. These words are very familiar to us. No doubt Hebrews 13:5 is quoted here. Hebrews 13:5b, “…for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” We have the promise of His presence. God’s almighty power will keep you from failing at what He has called you to do. God will not forsake you. He will faithfully abide with you all the days of your life.
One of the most foolish statements a tongue can utter is “God has failed me” Yet most of us have thought or said it at one time or another—if not through our words, at least through our actions. When trying times come, we ponder, How could God have let this happen? Doesn't He know I had a plan? Isn't He paying attention? How could He fail me like this? God has never failed at anything and God has never failed anyone!
We're certain we know what's best for our future, and when God doesn't cooperate, we're quick to remind Him how out of line He is. In confusion we question if only He could see things our way, He'd understand. At least that's how it seems from our point of view. But is God really so out of touch? Do we really think He isn't paying attention?
There have been literally billions of people on the planet since the days of Adam, and God has never failed one of them, yet somehow, we convince ourselves that He has forgotten our predicament. What message does that send to God about the level of our trust?
God's power is most evident when it seems that our life is most out of control. When we are the weakest, He is the strongest. When we need Him most, He is nearer than ever. Even when it seems that life has left us alone, God is right beside us, holding us in His mighty hand. The worst we can do during these times of trial is to blame God and fight Him for control. The best we can do is to let go and believe His promises.
Points to Ponder:
Confidently know that God is with you and that He is committed to you.
You can fearlessly trust Him in the midst of your troubles.
Questions to Consider:
When is the last time you felt like God had forsaken you?
Has He ever let you down in the past?
How have you experienced God’s presence in hard times?
What comfort do you draw from this truth today?
Prayer, Father, today I need to renew my confidence and faith in You. Help me now to lay hold of Your promise that You will never leave me nor forsake me. Help me to speak and live fearlessly because I’m confident I’m in Your presence. Lord, You are with me. I am never alone. I commit this truth to my heart right now. In Jesus I pray, amen.
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