Allie doesn’t know it but she’s a dog. She’s also my granddaughter’s pet and the cutest little pug you’ll ever see. Just this morning during a phone conversation my daughter said; “Mama, Allie doesn’t leave Rachel Joy’s side. They play together, eat together, read books together, watch TV together, pray together and sleep together. It’s almost like Allie is connected to Rachel Joy’s hip bone.”
Here is this week’s story …
After hanging up the phone, I stretched back in my recliner and thought more about Rachel Joy and Allie’s hip bone closeness. For sure Allie is a loyal pet, yet she’s also much more. She’s also become Rachel Joy’s best friend and confidant. Thinking about Rachel Joy and Allie’s relationship caused me to think about God’s relationship with His sons and daughters. For you see a personal relationship with God rules supreme in any so called hip bone connection. Throughout His Word, God assures us that He’ll never leave nor forsake His sons and daughters. Even when we walk through the valley of the shadow of death God promises to be with us.
Yes, God promises to never forsake us. Forsake is an interesting word and one I don’t think I’ve ever used. So I looked up the definition of forsake … and here’s what I learned. Some synonyms for ‘forsake’ are: abandon, desert, leave, turn one’s back on, cast aside, jilt, leave high and dry, leave stranded, leave in the lurch, walk out on, dump, ditch, renounce, disclaim, disown, discard, wash one’s hands of.
It should be noted that this promise is to God’s sons and daughters only. So if you are a son or daughter of God, the next time you experience sickness, financial need, family problems — or whatever the hardship might be — and God ‘feels’ far away … remind yourself that God said He will never forsake you. In other words, God will not abandon you. God will not desert you. God will not leave you. God will not turn His back on you. God will not cast you aside. God will not jilt you. God will not leave you stranded. God will not leave you high and dry. God will not leave you in the lurch. God will not walk out on you. God will not dump you. God will not ditch you. God will not renounce you. God will not disclaim you. God will not disown you. God will not discard you. God will not wash His hands of you.
Got that? Glory!
Even when we are faithless, God is faithful. So when life get hard, be comforted in the knowledge that whether it feels like it or not, God is with you. Likewise, know this … God loves you, God is for you, God will help you, and throughout eternity you and God will be forever “connected.”
— Debra Joy Wallace is an inspirational columnist and speaker. She can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.