What is a Promise? A promise is an assurance given that one will or will not do something; a pledge. A promise is only as good as the person who makes the promise.
People Fail to Keep Promises
From time to time all of us fail to keep promises. The broken promise always brings hurt and disappointment. This is the age of unfaithfulness and broken promises. Contracts are broken and no care is given to obligations. Politicians make promises that are broken soon after election. Friendships are ruined because a broken promise of trust. It seems that marriage vows are now so easily broken. At the wedding, the promise is made “forsaking all others, keep thee only unto myself so long as we both shall live.” Yet in light of America’s divorce rate, these words are only words in a ceremony, not from the desire or intent of the heart. Broken marriage vows and divorce devastate all involved. Children are confused and insecure because of parents’ broken promises.
A member of my family experienced the devastation of broken promises. One day her husband of twenty-six years walked in and said, “I’m leaving. I want a divorce. I don’t love you any more.” Her world was turned upside down, never to be righted again. Her husband failed to keep his promise. On the other side, I read of a husband who spent many years of his life caring for his ill and helpless wife. Someone asked him, “How do you do it?” His answer was, “I made a promise.” In this changing age, it is good to be able to depend and rely upon ONE who cannot change. “For I am the LORD, I change not” (Malachi 3:6). It is good to be able to trust a God who cannot lie, “In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began” (Titus 1:2). God has made over 30,000 promises, and He will not break one of them. He is faithful and true. God can definitely be trusted to do as He promises. He promises, ”Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.”
A Personal Promise
“He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee…“– Hebrews13:5
The word forsake means to abandon; to leave alone; to give up on; to leave helpless. A Christian can rest in the promise of God that he will never be abandoned, forsaken or left helpless. He will never let us down. God has made us a personal promise. “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” This verse is one of my favorites. It brings comfort and peace to my heart. Years ago an evangelist said, “You can depend on this verse frontward or backwards.” “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee,” or “Thee forsake nor thee leave, never will I.” This wonderful promise is in Hebrews 13:5. However, there are similar phrases in the Old Testament.
“Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee. 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.” – Deuteronomy 31:6 & 8
“I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.” – Joshua 1:5
“Be strong and of good courage, and do it: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, even my God, will be with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee…” – 1 Chronicles 28:20
The promises in these verses were made to specific people, and God kept His word. The promise that He will never leave nor forsake is still for us today, and we can be assured that God will keep His promise. In our service for Him, He promises, “Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world” (Matthew 28:20). In our time of trouble, He is with us, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge” (Psalm 48: 1 & 11). Even in death His presence is promised, “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me” (Psalm 23:4). In this age of broken promises, I am so glad we have someone with us “now” that we can fully trust. We know that He will always be “there” for us.
He will never leave us, nor forsake us – Never!
Never – No Never Alone!
I’m never alone in the morning As I rise at the break of day; For Jesus who watched thru the darkness Says, “Lo, I am with you always.”
I’m never alone at my table Though loved ones no longer I see; For dearer than all who have vanished Jesus who breaks bread with me.
I’m never alone in the daytime, Though nothing but trials I see. Though the furnace be seven times heated The “form of the fourth” walks with me.
I’m never alone at the twilight when darkness around me doth creep; And fears press hard round my pillow, He watches and cares while I sleep.
I’m walking and talking with Jesus each day as I travel along; I’m never alone, Hallelujah! The joy of the Lord is my song.
This is written because I care … Carlene