Give me my scallop-shell of quiet,
My staff of faith to walk upon,
My script of joy, immortal diet,
y bottle of salvation.
My gown of glory, hopes true gauge,
And thus I'll take my pilgrimage.

~Sir Walter Raleigh

A hiker, walking for pleasure, likes to choose between several alluring trails.
The pilgrim desires only the road that leads home.

~Frank W. Boreham

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Never Forsaken

What a glorious thought!
What a comfort it brings!

Scripture has numerous statements concerning this fact:  that those who seek Him will never be forsaken by Him.  In one such passage the Amplified renders this word to include:

"I will not in any way fail you 
nor give you up 
nor leave you without support.  
I will not, I will not in any degree 
leave you helpless 
nor forsake 
nor let you down 
or relax my hold on you!  
Assuredly not!"

Could there be any clearer way to state the Fact?
Can there really be room for doubt?

And how can we be certain of this?
Because "forsaken" was among all those things nailed to our Lord's cross then buried with Him that we might be freed from the grip of that devastating feeling of alone-ness.
Our Lord cried, He was forsaken by the Father that we might know we never will be.

This was a fresh thought to me and it has carried me in the days since I heard it.  It was just a quick 'aside' in a Sunday sermon but it penetrated my heart with the  quickness of an arrow finding its mark.

Yet one more beautiful thing for which to be grateful.  
One more 'nail in a sure place.'

I am clinging tightly to this today, not just for myself, but for dear ones that are in the midst of a great and frightening ordeal.

Oh the riches that are ours in Christ Jesus!
May we never forget.

Thank you, Pastor Kris.   

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