The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
—Deuteronomy 31:8 (NIV)
Do discouragement and despair rule your moments? Do you feel deserted and alone? Many face feelings of betrayal and rejection. No matter how rejected or betrayed you feel, there is the unconditional promise of God’s constant presence and abiding love. He never betrays or rejects His children. There is no change in His love and steadfast care. He is your rock that goes before you to protect you from what lies ahead. He will remain with you. He will never leave you or forsake you.
Don’t be afraid or discouraged. Because you feel deserted doesn’t mean that you are alone. You have your most powerful Savior. God is with you in each moment because of the unconditional love of His Son. At the Cross, you received Jesus. You received His forgiveness and His righteousness. Jesus destroyed sin. You do not need to wallow in guilt or shame—to have feelings of rejection. Jesus paid the price for your sin and took your judgment. What has defined your life is no more. It is over, and His promise is real. You can walk in newness of life because of His grace. You are free of condemnation.
If you wish to experience this freedom, allow the Holy Spirit to renew your mind to understand the miracle of His finished work at the Cross. Whatever comes in life, you will not be afraid or discouraged. You will trust Him. Your shredded heart will heal. His peace and joy will ultimately reign. You will never question if He is with you. You will know.
© 2019 Lynn Lacher
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