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David Livingstone quotes: “Shall I tell you what supported me through all those years of exile among a people whose language I could not understand and whose attitude towards me was uncertain and often hostile? It was this statement from the Lord Jesus Christ, ”Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.” He said, “It is the word of a Gentleman of the most strict and sacred honour, so there’s an end of it!” (David Livingstone quotes).

This precious promise is made by God who cannot lie (Titus 1:2). Amazing! This same promise is made throughout the Bible. This precious promise was first given to Moses as they finally prepared to enter Canaan, the promised land given to Abraham. “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.” (Deut. 31:6). Inconceivable! The promise was repeated to Joshua, “As I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee” (Joshua 1:5). Incomprehensible! The promise was made to Jacob as he began to assume his God-ordained role as the patriarch Father of the Tribes of Israel. “And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of” (Gen.28:15). Incredible!  Isaiah reminds the children of Israel of the same promise. “I the God of Israel will not forsake them” (Isa. 41:17). Indescribable! David passed the same promise to Solomon “[God] will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD” (1 Chron. 28:20).

Good News! The same promise is given to us today. “He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee” (Heb. 13:5-6). Some have said that this amazing verse contains five negatives in the Greek. So a good translation of this verse could easily read, “I will never, never leave thee, and never, never, never forsake thee.” Also this precious, unusual and unique promise can be read both forward or backward. “Thee forsake never, never, never, and thee leave never, never will I.”

Are there times you feel forgotten and forsaken? Then realize that the same promise that was made to Moses, Joshua, Jacob, Isaiah, and Solomon, is also made unto YOU. As you read the promise,“I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

In today’s language, you can also say as David Livingstone concerning this precious promise to you, “It is the word of a Gentleman of the most strict and sacred honour, and that’s the end of it.” 

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